Sacha Baron Cohen ADL Speech blasts Mark Zuckerberg in blistering rebuke of hate-facilitating ‘propaganda’ platforms

Source: ADL
Sacha Baron Cohen slammed Facebook and other large social media platforms as "the greatest propaganda machine in history" in a searing speech Thursday night.

Addressing the Anti-Defamation League's Never Is Now summit, the actor, who is known for using his satirical personas such as Borat, Bruno and Ali G to highlight bigotry around the world, tore into technology companies for not doing enough to clamp down on hate speech and conspiracy theories.

"Today around the world, demagogues appeal to our worst instincts," Cohen began, describing what he said was his first speech in two decades in which he was not in character.

"One thing is pretty clear to me: All this hate and violence is being facilitated by a handful of internet companies that amount to the greatest propaganda machine in history," he said to applause, speaking as the recipient of the ADL's International Leadership Award.

Cohen called out the leaders of Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Google for allowing the spread of hateful and inaccurate content to proliferate through algorithms that he said the companies depend on to keep their audience engaged.

"It's why fake news outperforms real news," he said, later adding, "The rantings of a lunatic seem as credible as the findings of a Nobel Prize winner."

Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.