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Actor and comedian Sacha Baron Cohen recently tweeted a complaint about how Facebook is handling his posts, in ironic juxtaposition with his previous pro-censorship statements.
Cohen famously spoke at the "Never Is Now" conference, put on by the Anti Defamation League in 2019:
"The algorithms these platforms depend on deliberately amplify content that keeps users engaged — stories that appeal to our baser instincts and trigger outrage and fear. That’s why fake news outperforms real news on social media; studies show lies spread faster than truth."
"On the Internet, everything can appear equally legitimate. Breitbart resembles the BBC, and the rantings of a lunatic seem as credible as the findings of a Nobel Prize winner. We have lost a shared sense of the basic facts upon which democracy depends."
"Under this twisted logic, if Facebook were around in the 1930s, it would have allowed Hitler to post 30-second ads on his solution to the Jewish problem"
Ironically, Cohen himself has been no stranger to controversy throughout his career and has himself faced calls for censorship for his more famous works such as the movie "Borat and its many spinoffs.
Professor Bret Weinstein, himself no stranger at a personal level to thinly-veiled censorship and cancel culture, tweeted in response:
Others on Twitter had lots to say, pointedly replying to Weinstein's tweet: