'One Down, One to Go': Sacha Baron Cohen Takes Swing at Zuckerberg After Trump Loss

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Actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen took a shot at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Sunday, tweeting "one down, one to go" alongside a photo of U.S. President Donald Trump and the social media mogul, following the announcement of Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 U.S. election. 

Baron Cohen has been highly critical of Facebook in the past over its failure to stop hate, calling it "the greatest propaganda machine in history" last November. 

After receiving the international leadership award from the Anti-Defamation League in 2019, the Jewish comedian used most of his 15-minute speech to criticize Facebook and Zuckerberg.

“Facebook, YouTube and Google, Twitter and others — they reach billions of people. The algorithms these platforms depend on deliberately amplify the type of content that keeps users engaged — stories that appeal to our baser instincts and that trigger outrage and fear,” Cohen said.

“It’s why YouTube recommended videos by the conspiracist Alex Jones billions of times. It’s why fake news outperforms real news, because studies show that lies spread faster than truth," he added. 

Cohen went as far to suggest that  "if Facebook were around in the 1930s, it would have allowed Hitler to post 30-second ads on his ‘solution’ to the ‘Jewish problem.’” 

More recently, Cohen boycotted Instagram in September in support of the Week of Action organized by the Stop Hate for Profit campaign, which was spearheaded ADL, NAACP and several other civil rights groups. The groups were protesting Facebook’s unwillingness to police hate speech or monitor posts for misinformation. 

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