Sacha Baron Cohen returned to Twitter for the primary time in 2021 to react to the siege at the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump insurrectionists. Addressing the executives of social media giants Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Google, the “Borat” comic referred to as for an entire banning of Donald Trump from the platforms after the U.S. president “incited a violent assault on American democracy.”
Baron Cohen’s submit reads as follows: “Hey Mark Zuckerberg, Jack [Dorsey], Susan Wojcicki, and Sundar Pichai, Donald Trump simply incited a violent assault on American democracy. Is that FINALLY sufficient so that you can act?! It’s time to ban Donald Trump out of your platforms as soon as and for all!”
Fb has been a goal of Baron Cohen’s for a number of years. Throughout a viral 2019 keynote speech, the comic referred to as the Zuckerberg-founded social media firm the “best propaganda machine in historical past.” Baron Cohen expanded on this level in a 2020 essay for Time journal, calling Fb “Trump’s dutiful ally” in creating “a whirlwind of conspiratorial insanity.” Notably, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” features a scene the place the principle character believes a Fb conspiracy concept in regards to the Holocaust.
“The Demagogue in Chief has a prepared confederate in Mark Zuckerberg’s Fb — a megaphone that historical past’s worst autocrats might solely dream of,” Baron Cohen wrote about Fb. “Its algorithm intentionally amplifies content material that generates extra engagement…Not surprisingly, most days the highest 10 Fb posts are overwhelmingly from right-wing pundits and retailers.”
Baron Cohen usually makes use of his Twitter profile to share messages from the Middle for Countering Digital Hate. On the finish of December, the comic dropped at the eye of his followers that Fb and Instagram are house “to anti-vaxx accounts with 40 million followers,” in addition to “accounts that promote neo-Nazi merchandise to fund far-right extremism.”
Reacting in November to information that Fb would not ban Steve Bannon from the platform after he referred to as for the beheading of Dr. Anthony Fauci, Baron Cohen posted, “Reprehensible. Mark Zuckerberg confirms that Fb gained’t ban individuals who name for homicide—as long as they don’t do it too usually! Make no mistake—like Myanmar and Kenosha, extra harmless folks will probably be killed. And Fb will probably be why.”
Is that FINALLY sufficient so that you can act?!
It’s time to ban Donald Trump out of your platforms as soon as and for all! pic.twitter.com/4oWoiMu0eC
— Sacha Baron Cohen (@SachaBaronCohen) January 6, 2021