Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has issued fresh criticism of Donald Trump’s anti-immigration plan to build a wall on America’s border with Mexico, The Telegraph reports.
“As I look around and I travel around the world, I’m starting to see people and nations turning inward, against this idea of a connected world and a global community,” he said at the opening of his company’s annual F8 developer conference in San Francisco.
“I hear fearful voices calling for building walls and distancing people they label as others. For blocking free expression, for slowing immigration, reducing trade, and in some cases around the world even cutting access to the internet.
“It takes courage to choose hope over fear. People will always call you naive but it’s this hope and this optimism that’s behind every important step forward.”
While Mr Zuckerberg did not mention Mr Trump by name, his words were clearly aimed at the Republican presidential frontrunner, who has also advocated tearing up trade deals, deporting 11 million illegal immigrants and “closing the internet” to tackle Islamist extremists.
Mr Zuckerberg, by contrast, talked of launching a plane to provide internet signals to parts of the world that remained unconnected. “Instead of building walls we can help build bridges,” he said.
It is not the first time Mr Zuckerberg – who has not declared support for any candidate in the current campaign – has lashed out at Mr Trump. Last December, again without naming him, he roundly condemned Trump’s proposal to ban Muslims from entering the US, invoking his own Jewish background to warn against the persecution of individual groups.
“As a Jew, my parents taught me that we must stand up against attacks on all communities,” Mr Zuckerberg wrote on his Facebook page. “Even if an attack isn’t against you today, in time attacks on freedom for anyone will hurt everyone.” (© Daily Telegraph London)