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Amid WhatsApp controversy, the famous quote from Assange explains how Facebook’s Zuckerberg becomes ‘man of the year’

Twitter: @noamchomskyT

As millions leave Facebook-owned WhatsApp across the globe due to privacy concerns, a Twitter handle, which shares views by the noted American philosopher, linguist, and writer Noam Chomsky and has nearly 300,000 followers, shared WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s quote explaining the difference between Mark Zuckerberg and him.

“What are the differences between Mark Zuckerberg and me? I give private information on corporations to you for free, and I’m a villain. Zuckerberg gives your private information to corporations for money and he’s Man of the Year. Julian Assange,” tweeted the handle (@noamchomskyT).


The quote is from 2010 when Assange took a dig at Time Magazine selecting the Facebook CEO as its person of the year.

If one talks about Chomsky’s own words explaining the world of social media and how it controls people’s lives, this would be the quote to aptly define the dependence: “He who controls the media controls the minds of the public.”

A controversial new privacy update has seen WhatsApp users flock to rival messaging apps, in what the founder of Telegram has described as “the largest digital migration in human history”.

Last week, WhatsApp updated its terms of service and privacy policy shocking hundreds of thousands of its users across the globe as the company openly said that its will share use date with its parent company Facebook and if the users don’t accept the new terms, their accounts will be deleted.