Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said something that would later on spark a strong reaction from Chinese media at the recently concluded Big Tech hearing called by Rep. David Cicilline, the chair of the US House Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee. At the hearing, Rep. Greg Steube said, “I have a question for all four, a yes or no question. Do you believe that Chinese government steals technology from US companies?” All the CEOs of Apple, Google, and Amazon denied having any direct knowledge of the matter. But Mr. Zuckerberg answered, “Congressman, I think it is well documented that the Chinese government steals technology from American companies.”
On the 1st of August 2020, NetEase then published an editorial accusing Mark Zuckerberg of playing politics by pointing the finger at China to get US protection and this news outfit even resorted to name-calling by referring to Mr. Zuckerberg as a hypocrite scumbag.
NetEase recalled that a few years back, the 2010 Times Magazine Person of the Year Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg once worked hard to gain the approval of Chinese authorities to gain entry into the lucrative Chinese market. He learned Chinese language, posted a Facebook message showing him running along Tiananmen in heavy smog, met tech CEOs in Beijing, attended international meetings in China, and even joined the advisory board of Tsinghua University’s School of Economics and Management. According to NetEase, what he did was just acting.
This article pointed out that Mr. Zuckerberg began to change in 2019 when at Georgetown University, he publicly expressed dissatisfaction over the rise of Chinese Internet companies calling it a threat to American freedom of speech. It countered the Facebook CEO in saying that he is the only entity that suppresses Chinese technology companies among US technology companies.
NetEase directed its attention to Mr. Zuckerberg’s apparent assault against Chinese tech and earned negative points as a media outfit in making low-blow remarks.
Which one is truly more important for Mark Zuckerberg, the interest of the US or China? It is hard to know, but what is clear is that his job is to promote Facebook’s interest anytime anywhere. He is a man with every right to make decisions that benefit his company and him and he has no obligation to please the CCP.
Above all distractions, what really matters is whether US tech companies have used their power to crush their competition and exploit users’ online behavior and data in a manner that harms the interest of the American public.