Disney CEO: ‘Hitler Would Have Loved Social Media’
Billionaire slams companies like Facebook and Twitter in award speech
Disney CEO and chairman Bob Iger slammed social media giants like Facebook and Twitter at a ceremony where he was being presented a humanitarian award on Thursday.
The billionaire in 2017 contemplated the purchase of Twitter but has seemingly changed his tune since then.
“Hitler would have loved social media,” Iger said upon receiving the Simon Wiesenthal Center's Humanitarian Award, Variety reported.
“It’s the most powerful marketing tool an extremist could ever hope for because by design social media reflects a narrow world view filtering out anything that challenges our beliefs while constantly validating our convictions and amplifying our deepest fears."
“It creates a false sense that everyone shares the same opinion."
"Social media allows evil to prey on troubled minds and lost souls, and we all know that social news feeds can contain more fiction than fact, propagating vile ideology that has no place in a civil society that values human life.”
According to recent studies, social networks create what is known as filter bubbles where users do not match with anyone outside their belief system.
The CEO had some choice words for America's discourse.
“Hate and anger are dragging us toward the abyss once again,” Iger reportedly said.
“Apathy is actually growing. In the last few years, we have been harshly reminded that hate takes many forms, sometimes disguising itself as a more socially acceptable expression like fear or resentment or contempt.
"It is consuming our public discourse and shaping our county and culture into something that is wholly unrecognizable to those of us who still believe in civility, human rights, and basic decency.”
Earlier this week, we reported that African child brides as young as ten-years-old are being advertised and sold by traffickers on Facebook.
Parents in Africa are using Facebook to sell their children via connections made on the social network to pay off debts.
An investigation by The Daly Beast found that, in some cases, kids are young as ten are having their freedom bartered with men old enough to be their grandfather.