Seth Meyers unwraps Facebook’s Hell Week and roasts ‘neutral clown’ Mark Zuckerberg
Between its biggest and longest outage in years and the damning testimony of whistleblower Frances Haugen, it’s been a less than brilliant week for Facebook.
So naturally Late night with Seth Meyers stacked, unboxing the Haugen revelations and the enormous ripple effects of a blackout that literally affected billions of people.
“No business should have so much power – and not just a business, a person,” Meyers continued. “Because, as whistleblower Francis Haugen explained during yesterday’s hearing, there is a person who is taking the helm of Facebook. “
This “weird little dude,” obviously, is founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who posted a long, pungent and spurious defense of the company’s values on Tuesday night, dismissing Haugen’s claim that Facebook’s algorithm promotes angry posts for greater engagement as “illogical.”
“Don’t you know of a tech company that sets out to create a product that makes people angry or depressed? What about Adobe Flash Player? Meyers joked, briefly delving into a rant about the now-defunct plugin that triggered a stress response I had buried deep in my internet blackout during high school days. “Or how about Twitter? Anger and depression are their entire business model. I have a Klonopin aside every night for my pre-bedtime scroll.”
“It is not good to say the least that what amounts to a global public service is controlled by a massive and secret international conglomerate,” Meyers said unmoved. “It’s like finding out that all drinking water in the world is controlled by a company called Aquabuds and is run by a weird little dude who started the company out of revenge because none of the pretty girls in his college wouldn’t give him a glass of water. “