Should Mark Zuckerberg run for president? | The Tylt
Should Mark Zuckerberg run for president?
Tech CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced he was taking steps to make sure "Facebook is a force for good in democracy." The tech billionaire stated Facebook was "actively working with the U.S. government on its ongoing investigations into Russian interference" and promised to work 'proactively to strengthen the democratic process."
While Zuckerberg has denied rumors that he is considering a presidential bid, it hasn't stopped some from pondering the idea. Kevin Currie argues in the Observer that Zuckerberg is "the last, best, and only hope" if the Democrats want to win the White House in 2020.
Here’s the thing: for Democrats still smarting over a Hillary Clinton loss, a Zuckerberg hostile takeover of the party—er, I mean, White House candidacy—should come as manna from heaven. Zuckerberg isn’t just an outstanding candidate in his own right. He may well be the only person capable of reclaiming the White House for Democrats and, importantly, taking it away from Donald Trump.
Currie states that Zuckerberg would be the perfect Democratic challenger because, like Trump, he is an outsider, a wealthy businessman and someone who understands the media landscape.
Donald Trump knows his brand well. He is an outsider, the guy who the people sent to shake things up in Washington... That’s why a Mark Zuckerberg candidacy is so powerful. Only a true never-been-in-politics-before outsider will be able to convincingly caricature Trump as one of the insiders. In 2020, with Trump weighed down by four years of Washington scandal and seediness, Zuckerberg will be able to say, with total conviction, “I’m not a DC insider like that one. I’m a businessman, and it’s time for a real businessman to run the country.”
But not everyone thinks President Zuckerberg would be such a good idea. Jake Bittle argues in The Nation that Zuckerberg is the CEO of a company that "destroyed privacy as we know it," and putting him in the White House would turn the U.S. into a surveillance state.
His potential presidential candidacy should make us uneasy not because he’s a CEO, but because he’s the CEO of Facebook, the company responsible for the largest and most brazen data-collection project in human history.
Zuckerberg’s election would mean handing over the leadership of an already privacy-violating government to the creator of one of the world’s most invasive surveillance platforms.