Many things about Zuckerberg are cool, says former mentor, but …

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Many things about Zuckerberg are cool, says former mentor, but …

Among the most disconcerting changes since Roger McNamee left has been his former protégé’s ‘embrace’ of Trump

Laurence Dodds

“I hope the thing that comes across is that I am not, in fact, an inflammatory person,” says Roger McNamee. He is speaking about Facebook, the global corporate beast that he helped unleash and which he is now devoted to raging against.

“I don’t have any personal animus here at all,” he continues. “I actually understand how these guys got there. Do I wish they hadn’t got there? Of course, I do. But am I shocked? No.”

All this might provoke a raised eyebrow from McNamee’s former protégé, Mark Zuckerberg. Since dramatically falling out with Facebook after the 2016 US election, McNamee has become one of the company’s foremost critics, accusing it of ruining elections, violating privacy, promoting extremism and poisoning public debate through its attention-grabbing news feed algorithms...

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