Facebook's Hypocrites? Thumbs Down

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- If it seems we’ve been talking a lot about Facebook in this space over the past year, it’s true, and I apologize.

I usually prefer to seek out a wide variety of topics to discuss with you.

But Facebook keeps popping up because the unctuous hypocrites who run it have achieved the near-impossible – out-phonying a culture full of expert phonies with appalling consistency.

As Fred Vogelstein of Wired Magazine notes, the avalanche of scandal and deception flowing out of Facebook over the past two years is amazing: Russian meddling in our presidential campaign, the Cambridge Analytica data misuse, repeated user privacy invasions, and so on.

As he points out: “Facebook could have kept all of them from becoming scandals—or at least becoming as big of a scandal—had it just leveled with the world when it had the chance.”

But Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg, the top Facebook executives who’ve aggressively branded themselves over the years as a new generation of enlightened managers more intent on doing good than doing well, don’t seem to even know what telling the truth means.

They’re not the only tech bigwigs to play this dishonest game, but they’re the worst.

And I can’t say it any better than Vogelstein does: “What people despise more than anything is what we have now with the companies in Silicon Valley, especially with Facebook: Greed falsely wrapped in sanctimony.”

Their downfall can’t come soon enough.

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