This has been met with mixed reactions, with many seeing the once declared atheist politicizing the apology with Jewish sentiments.
“For the ways my work was used to divide people rather than bring us together, I ask forgiveness and I will work to do better” Mark Zuckerberg posted to Facebook Saturday night September 30, on Yom Kippur, the Jewish day of atonement.
Zuckerberg has come under lots of criticism over Facebook’s failure to block fake news spread on its platform, Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S elections and being labeled an anti-Trump supporter by the president himself.
The CEO’s apology has also been met with mixed reactions following his sudden change from atheism to Jewish faith in late 2016.
“Oh former atheist Mark Zuckerberg, suddenly so religious now that he’s aiming for the world’s presidency. To make it very clear: no problem in being an atheist whatsoever; the problem is to use religion as a political tool” Brazilian ad platform Boo Box co-founder Marco Gomes tweeted.
“Forgiveness is denied by both. God and humanity, since you & Sheryl knew what was happening, condoned it, & then lied about both its existence and impact” tweeted Matt Ocko, partner at VC fund Data Collective.
Zuck’s response to Trump’s allegations that Facebook was always against him did not also help the matter because he made it look like Facebook was positioning itself as neutral to the alleged Russian election interference coming to the aide of Trump’s campaign.
“Trump says Facebook is against him. Liberals say we helped Trump. Both sides are upset about ideas and content they don’t like.”
This goes to show that Facebook and similar platforms out there is more than just a social networking app, it’s a medium where good and evil can be perpetrated, so it is the duty of the stakeholders to be intentional about regulating its use as much as they can.