Disney CEO Sends Waves on Twitter with 'Hitler Would Love Social Media' Remark

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In his recent comments on the pervasive impact of social media, Bob Iger brought up the most well-known dictator of all time, noting that Adolf Hitler would have appreciated it as an effective propaganda platform.

Disney CEO Bob Iger has denounced social networks while speaking at a dinner at the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, where he was presented with its 2019 Humanitarian Award. 

"Hitler would have loved social media", Bob Iger said at Wednesday's event, as quoted by Variety

"It's the most powerful marketing tool an extremist could ever hope for because by design social media reflects a narrow world view filtering out anything that challenges our beliefs while constantly validating our convictions and amplifying our deepest fears", he explicitly stated.

Iger’s scornful remarks follow outrage from lawmakers around the world, who blasted Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for being megaphones for radicals, with representatives from tech giants having been called to testify in front US Congress about how white supremacist sentiment spreads on their platforms.

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Iger went on to blast social media for limiting users to a specific echo chamber, which renders it impossible to be open up to other, diverse,  perspectives.

"Social media allows evil to prey on troubled minds and lost souls and we all know that social news feeds can contain more fiction than act, propagating vile ideology that has no place in a civil society that values human life", Disney’s CEO, who was earlier caught having deleted his Twitter account temporarily, put it.

Iger’s rebukes caused a plethora of reactions online, with one suggesting he’s in no position to make conclusions unless he at least clears up “gender wage disparity issues” in his company:

“Sh*tler is here now”, one remarked cheekily, posting a scan of a much-subscribed “pro-Trump” account allegedly posting Islamophobic and racist posts:

Another assumed sadly the public hasn’t properly “looked after the Internet”, suggesting everything would be much better otherwise:

Anti-Trumpists couldn’t have passed Iger’s knocking either:

One caught Iger expressing double standards, referring to what he said back in 2017:

Social media has raised strong concerns recently, being viewed as breeding grounds for extremism. Daesh* has been widely reported to be exploiting social media to recruit newbies into the ranks. Also, just last month, a white supremacist went on a shooting spree in two mosques in New Zealand’s city of Christchurch, killing 50 people, while livestreaming the attack on Facebook.

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The livestream was there for several minutes after the start of the attack, later causing a public backlash, with social media companies struggling to keep videos of the attack off their platforms.

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