The co founder of world’s famous torrent site, The Pirate Bay, Peter Sunde is not “fan” of Facebook’s online power. Especially, he asserts that the CEO and Co-founder Mark Zuckerberg possesses much power.
Mark Zuckerberg is The ‘dictator’ of Facebook ‘nation’, says The Pirate Bay’s Founder
“People in the tech industry have a lot of responsibilities but they never really discuss these things. … Facebook is the biggest nation in the world and we have a dictator, if you look at it from a democracy standpoint, Mark Zuckerberg is a dictator. I did not elect him. He sets the rules,” Sunde told CNBC.
“And really you can’t opt out of Facebook. I’m not on Facebook but there are a lot of drawbacks in my offline world. No party invitations, no updates from my friends, people stop talking to you, because you’re not on Facebook. So it has real life implications.”
Presently, Facebook is having about 1.65 billion monthly active users, which is quite more than the population of China, as it is having 1.38 billion people.
Sunde co-founded The Pirate Bay with two others, which is popular torrent files sharing site. Surprisingly, he was put behind the bars in 2014 after he was accused of copyright infringement and was awarded 5 months sentence in jail including the other two co-founders of the torrent site.
To prove his point, Sunde quoted the example of when German Chancellor Angela Merkel was overheard at a United Nations meeting defying Zuckerberg to censor anti immigration sentiment posts on Facebook.
“That’s kind of what it comes to. We send major leaders of Europe to ask him to stop interfering with our local culture. How did we end up in a situation like this?,” Sunde said.
“If politicians were a little bit more hard-core and actually believe in this they would be able to fix it. If we say Facebook doesn’t agree with our rules in our country we are going to stop Facebook in our country. We censor a lot of things, why not censor Facebook?,” he further said.
“Mark Zuckerberg is a rich white dude from a really privileged background.The reason for the real name policy is Mark Zuckerberg wants to make another dollar”, Sunde said.