Denis O’Brien compares Facebook to the ‘creeping authoritarianism’ of 1930s Germany

In a speech at Cambridge University, the Digicel founder called for the US and Irish governments to take action against the tax avoidance and ‘pernicious’ role of the social media giant in world politics

Aaron Rogan

News Correspondent @aarrogan
24th October, 2021
Denis O’Brien compares Facebook to the ‘creeping authoritarianism’ of 1930s Germany
The Digicel founder said that Facebook was a “coloniser” that is “allowing its platform to facilitate anarchy”.

Facebook has said it will not respond to comments made by Denis O’Brien calling the company a “threat to democracy” and likening what he described as its “creeping authoritarianism” to what Germany experienced in the 1930s.

The Digicel founder said that Facebook was a “coloniser” that is “allowing its platform to facilitate anarchy”.

He said that the recent revelations by Frances Haugen, the whistleblower whose...

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