Mark Zuckerberg’s Political Advocacy Group Receives Backlash

by
Fatimah Mazhar
The political advocacy group created by Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg is gathering momentum. 28-year-old chief formed a political group to lobby for US political reforms in areas such as education and immigration policy in March this year.

The political advocacy group created by Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg is gathering momentum. 28-year-old chief formed a political group to lobby for US political reforms in areas such as education and immigration policy in March this year.

The group, Fwd.us, reportedly set a goal of raising about $50 million, with significant contributions already provided by Zuckerberg and other technology industry executives including SpaceX founder and cofounder of Tesla Motors Elon Musk along with renowned Internet entrepreneur David Oliver Sacks.

But ever since rumors regarding the ‘unholy’ alliance of Fwd.us with anti-environmental politicians began to circulate, many initial members of the group became suspicious, so much so that Musk and Sacks decided to quit. And they did, just last week.

The advocacy arm of CREDO Mobile has started a petition against Zuckerberg’s political group. It appeals that:

“It's time for other tech industry luminaries to make it clear where they stand. In addition to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman, Yahoo’s Marissa Mayer and Kleiner Perkins’ John Doerr are co-founders of the group.”

The petition scored almost 32,000 signatures by Monday afternoon.

Though Fwd.org took off on a positive note, its advertising policies for anti-environmentalists such as Lindsey Graham and Mark Begich garnered criticism which eventually led to the departure of two major entrepreneurs Musk and Sacks.

A progressive coalition including Sierra Club, Daily Kos, CREDO etc also pulled off Facebook ads ‘in response to the cynical advertising strategy employed by FWD.us.’ Twitter co-founder also tweeted about the questionable advertising and advocacy:

Fwd.us and Mark Zuckerberg have not commented on the emerging controversies yet. 

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