Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Preaches Net Neutrality and Global Interaction

Posted on: April 13, 2016, 03:49h. 

Last updated on: April 13, 2016, 04:37h.

Mark Zuckerberg wants a world where net neutrality reigns, and where “We Are the World” rings from every land. The only problem is, a whole bunch of countries aren’t likely to follow along.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was politically charged during his keynote at a developer conference this week, and his remarks appeared to attack Donald Trump. He wants to open Internet borders to make everything more accessible globally. (Image: Stephen Lam/Reuters)

Speaking of a global “open-door” vision to a large audience on Tuesday, Zuck forgot to mention that the legislative vision of various American states, the federal government, and the law-making bodies of every other country on earth will also play into who gets to interface with whom around the world, on social media or elsewhere.

Be that as it may, Facebook’s fearless leader wants his company to lead the way in stripping the global community of digital borders over the next 10 years, he says. Speaking at the annual Facebook Developer Conference, the 31-year-old CEO expressed his concerns over what he feels is a trend of nations to become xenophobic and closed-minded.

“We stand for connecting every person, for a global community, for bringing people together, for giving all people a voice, for free flow of ideas and culture across nations,” Zuckerberg said during his opening remarks. “As I look around and travel . . . the world, I’m starting to see people and nations turning inward against this idea of a connected world and global community.”

The overall theme of the presentation was linking cultures and ideas, and giving power to people around the world through the Internet. “Give everyone the power to share anything with anyone,” he pronounced grandiosely, forgetting that many countries, like China and North Korea, largely control their ISPs and who gets to see or do what.

But while Zuck won’t be able to entirely change the world to suit his Kumbayah vision, he can at least offer up and open up more social casino apps, Twitch streams, and many other social media applications to be more readily available and sharable among gambling aficionados.

Trump and Others Addressed

Zuckerberg’s keynote also not too opaquely addressed Republican 2016 frontrunner and Las Vegas hotel owner Donald Trump’s political viewpoints. He moved in for a direct hit on Trump’s position of walling off  America’s southern border and preventing non-citizen Muslim immigration into the US until better vetting procedures are set in place.

“I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as ‘others,'” he said.

Critics of Zuck’s position say, among other things, that a world without borders allows terrorists to move freely and undetected, which would greatly jeopardize national security in the US.

Supporters of the outspoken GOP leader quickly defended Trump’s positions on building a wall to separate Mexico and the United States, as they did when Pope Francis condemned the plan.

Commenters on various media websites quickly pointed out that like Vatican City, Zuckerberg’s residence in Palo Alto isn’t free of borders. The heavily fenced and guarded pad is surrounded 24/7 by a security detail.

And the Trump team wasted no time at all in responding to the CEO’s comments, either.

“Self-righteousness isn’t very proactive,” said spokeswoman Katrina Pierson in a statement. “We can talk about taxes, we can talk about jobs and even immigration, but that doesn’t really put food on the table and save lives. I think I’ll take Mark Zuckerberg seriously when he gives up all of his private security, moves out of his posh neighborhood, and comes live in a modest neighborhood near a border town.”

Though Zuckerberg is 38 years Trump’s junior, his estimated $36 billion fortune trumps Trump’s $5-10 billion one, giving him plenty of power to make connections wherever he wants to. But even Zuck cannot change interstate and federal laws, let alone those between EU countries and others, to allow for the unhampered connection of gamblers to play online with each other whenever they choose.

How Could All of This Affect Online Gambling?

Legal issues aside, Zuck could potentially open some new avenues for online casino users, whether for play money or otherwise.

His Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset was unveiled in February, along with a newly formed Social VR team, specifically aimed at creating technology advances that could enhance and bring to life the Internet casino experience, among many other potential applications.