back to article A glimpse of life under President Zuckerberg? Facebook CEO's boffins censor awkward Q&A

Money can't buy you love, but it can remove criticism, at least in the hallowed world of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. With the Zuck continuing his Definitely Not Getting Into A Presidential Race tour of the United States, carrying out a bizarre series of secret photo-ops and precision-engineered PR-friendly drop-ins on normal …

  1. Magani
    Unhappy

    Censorship

    Is and always has been double-plus ungood.

  2. Chris 3

    This was an /r/science AMA

    Very strict rules about 'science only questions' - so, I presume this was just the mods deleting stuff that didn't follow those rules.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Re: This was an /r/science AMA

    People don't care about what the title of the subreddit is. That Zuckerberg receives so much vitriol on a discussion of a completely unrelated topic tells you that most folks don't give a shit what he has to say on science issues, and these folks will gladly flaunt those fake internet discussion rules to take shots at a man that is dumbing down the Internet for his own personal gain.

    Discussion rules don't apply to universally hated figures. People know that he's using the AMA and the touring to distract from the problems he's causing, and the comments are going to reflect that regardless of how much money is spent to squelch them.

  4. bombastic bob Silver badge
    Meh

    Re: This was an /r/science AMA

    having actual SCIENTISTS discussing science would be better than Zuck anyway.

  5. Fan of Mr. Obvious

    My rant on this situation

    [comment removed]

  6. Stevie Silver badge
    Pint

    Re: My rant on this situation

    [comment removed]

  7. Lord Elpuss Silver badge

    Re: My rant on this situation

    [comment removed]

  8. Your alien overlord - fear me

    So the big question is why did they even bother with an AMA session?

  9. Haku Silver badge

    PR stunt.

  10. samzeman

    Seems like it may have backfired a little. It's called the Streisand effect right? The more you censor an image or question online, the more people notice it.

  11. Swarthy Silver badge

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  12. Tikimon Silver badge

    People mainly notice such things by being told by others. I wonder if the censorship will extend to Faceborg posts about the incident?

    That guy is a textbook sociopath.

  13. Faux Science Slayer

    Help make FakeBook the next MySpace....

    Zucky, Bezo and Musk are likely front men for Demonic Warlords.... boycott these monopolists....

  14. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge
    Happy

    Re: Help make FakeBook the next MySpace....

    Musk isn't a monopolist. At least not yet. Though if his rocket tech keeps improving and the rest of the industry doesn't catch up, I suppose he might be.

    Admittedly he's got the name, and the spaceships, to be a demonic warlord (whatever one of those is). Or at least a Bond villain.

  15. MJI Silver badge

    Re: Help make FakeBook the next MySpace....

    Musk is definately Bond Villain not demonic warlord.

    White cat.

    Volcano base

    Yes Bond Villain.

  16. Flakk Silver badge

    Re: Help make FakeBook the next MySpace....

    Musk in a secret volcano base? Maybe, but only if he managed to talk SPECTRE the U.S. Government into footing the bill.

    Zuck, on the other hand... who looks at him and DOESN'T see Elliot Carver?

  17. MJI Silver badge

    Re: Help make FakeBook the next MySpace....

    No I see an irritating twerp.

    Carver is a young unwalnutty Turdoch

  18. O RLY

    Re: Help make FakeBook the next MySpace....

    MJI,

    Musk has a sense of humor about it:

    https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/588144086755999744?lang=en

    "If this works, I'm treating myself to a volcano lair. It's time."

  19. MJI Silver badge

    Re: Help make FakeBook the next MySpace....

    I know, he has a good laugh about it.

    Still don't think much of Zuckerberg!

  20. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    So The Zuck is setting up a "research" company

    And he's trying to make it look like a charity when it is clearly a for-profit entity that has zero transparency and no obligation to report anything. Typical.

    You'd have to be daft to give him money anyways. I'm sure he'll find some who will, though.

  21. Teiwaz Silver badge

    Re: So The Zuck is setting up a "research" company

    You'd have to be daft to give him money anyways. I'm sure he'll find some who will, though.

    The way FB has it's creepy tendrils all over the net, you'd need to be pretty canny to just avoid contributing to the FB oligarchy in some way.

  22. regregular

    So, if /r/science has such a very strict policy, and I support their right to do so and enforce it, should they not rename AMA to AMA(sti)* or something? It IS kinda misleading...

    * Ask Me Anything (sciencey, that is)

  23. MJI Silver badge

    What is the use of a Zuckerberg anyway?

    Why compare him to Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos?

    Both of those have achieved more.

    Elon Musk is definately more intelligent.

    Jeff Bezos has a much more usefull product.

  24. Teiwaz Silver badge

    Re: What is the use of a Zuckerberg anyway?

    Jeff Bezos has a much more usefull product.

    Or so he claims.

  25. Destroy All Monsters Silver badge
    Windows

    These are the people who will disappear the "faux news" for your reading pleasure

    Oh Brave New World!

  26. Florida1920 Silver badge
    Headmaster

    Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

    CZI?

    More like Sleazy I.

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