Mark Zuckerberg’s Lips Are Moving Again

Mark Zuckerberg has promised that Facebook will not store data in in countries that, “have a track record of violating human rights like privacy or freedom of expression.”

It appears that everything in Singapore is just hunky-dory for him though:

Mark Zuckerberg laid out his vision for Facebook’s pivot to privacy on Wednesday in a lengthy blog, but it hasn’t taken long for the shine of some of his pronouncements to be dimmed.

Detailing plans to keep user information safe, the Facebook CEO boasted that the company has chosen not to store data in countries that “have a track record of violating human rights like privacy or freedom of expression.”

“If we build data centers and store sensitive data in these countries, rather than just caching non-sensitive data, it could make it easier for those governments to take people’s information,” he said.


But within hours of Zuckerberg publishing his 3,200-word missive, it was pulled apart by human rights groups.

In September last year, Facebook announced that it was spending $1 billion building a new data center in Singapore. Zuckerberg posted about the news on his Facebook page, saying it would be the company’s 15th data center and its first in Asia.


“Singapore is a seriously rights-abusing government that spends an inordinate amount of time trying to intimidate and harass those who express views the government doesn’t like,” Phil Robertson, deputy director of Human Rights Watch’s Asia division, told Business Insider.

In related news, Roger McNamee, an early investor in Facebook, and what I assume is a former friend of the Facebook founder, called out his “Facebook Manifesto” as unmitigated bullsh%$.

They really need to find someone with more credibility than Zuckerberg, or Sheryl Sandberg as their spokesperson.

I would suggest Mohammed Saeed al-Sahhaf, AKA Baghdad Bob, as an improvement.

David “Joe Isuzu” Leisure would work too.

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