Last Updated on April 2, 2021
Gab CEO Andrew Torba blasted Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s decision to partner with the CDC and HHS to introduce Covid vaccine profile photo frames that will apparently be boosted in the newsfeed algorithm once applied as “totally insane” this week.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg said the measure is being introduced because “People are more likely to get vaccinated if they see friends, family and people they trust doing it too.”
“If we’re going to stop Covid, we need everyone who’s eligible to get vaccinated,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post. “People are more likely to get vaccinated if they see friends, family and people they trust doing it too. So we’re launching new Covid vaccine profile frame that you can add to your profile pic, partnering with the CDC and US Department of Health and Human Services to launch new Covid vaccine profile frames.”
Zuckerberg described the new program in glowing terms, stating, “It lets you easily show your support and tell people that you’ve been vaccinated. And we’ll show you in News Feed your friends who have put up this profile frame.”
“I’ll update mine after I get vaccinated, which I plan to do as soon as I’m eligible. I hope everyone else does the same!” Zuckerberg wrote.
The announcement, like most political declarations from Facebook’s remarkably unpopular CEO, drew widespread criticism from multiple sectors.
Andrew Torba, the CEO of burgeoning free speech social media platform Gab, blasted Zuckerberg’s decision, calling it “totally insane.”
Facebook recently banned an interview featuring former President Donald J. Trump from their platform, claiming that any video or audio file “in the voice of President Trump” will be purged on sight.
Facebook will no longer allow the “voice of President Trump” to be heard on its platform after it banned President Donald Trump’s interview with his own daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, earlier this morning.
The big tech platform declared that any video or audio file “in the voice of President Trump is not currently allowed on our platforms (including new posts with President Trump speaking)” and declared that any such videos “will be removed if posted, resulting in additional limitations on accounts that posted it.”