Dr Mumbo

Fight! Jack Dorsey takes on Mark Zuckerberg and ‘the Zuck’ takes on Aaron Sorkin

Dr. Mumbo has always been a fan of corporate thrust and parry, and the last few days have been quite a bonanza. First there was Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey taking a few digs at the competition as he announced – via a series of tweets – that Twitter will no longer carry political advertising.Then Hollywood scriptwriter Aaron Sorkin, who famously wrote ‘The Social Network’ film script, penned an open letter to his old nemesis Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in The New York Times.

Amid a fairly detailed behind the scenes peek into the legal wrangling before ‘The Social Network’ could get made, here are some of the more piquant things Sorkin said: “You and I want speech protections to make sure no one gets imprisoned or killed for saying or writing something unpopular, not to ensure that lies have unfettered access to the American electorate.”

And…

“It was hard not to feel the irony while I was reading excerpts from your recent speech at Georgetown University, in which you defended — on free speech grounds — Facebook’s practice of posting demonstrably false ads from political candidates. I admire your deep belief in free speech. I get a lot of use out of the First Amendment. Most important, it’s a bedrock of our democracy and it needs to be kept strong.

“But this can’t possibly be the outcome you and I want, to have crazy lies pumped into the water supply that corrupt the most important decisions we make together. Lies that have a very real and incredibly dangerous effect on our elections and our lives and our children’s lives.”

If you’d like to read the full piece, you can find it here.

And then there was Zuckerberg’s comeback. Seems like some tech and media bros just love a good fight.

"America isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You gotta want it bad, 'cause it's gonna put up a fight. It's…

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday, 31 October 2019

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