Nigel Farage to Zuckerberg: Brexit, Trump wouldn’t have happened without Facebook

Greg Nash

Former United Kingom Independence Party leader and European Parliament member Nigel Farage told Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg that the online platform gave rise to “Brexit” and President Trump. 

“Historically, of course, it’s true that through Facebook and other forms of social media, there’s no way that Brexit or Trump or the Italian election could have ever possibly have happened,” Farage told Zuckerberg at a hearing before the European Parliament on Tuesday. “It was social media that allowed people to get around the back of mainstream media

“Perhaps you’re horrified of this creation of yours and what it’s led to,” he continued 

Farage also touted his own Facebook use, telling Zuckerberg he was his “best client in the room.”

{mosads}”I’m the largest user of Facebook in all of the EU institutions in terms of engagement, in terms of followers,” he said. 

Farage led the U.K. movement to leave the European Union in 2016 and has been a vocal supporter of Trump. 

He made his remarks as Zuckerberg testified before the European Parliament about the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. 

Facebook suspended the research firm last month for using the private data of about 50 million people it acquired without permission.

Zuckerberg’s testimony also comes days before a sweeping new EU data privacy law goes into effect on Friday.

“Whether it’s fake news, foreign interference in elections or developers’ misusing people’s information, we didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibilities,” Zuckerberg said at the hearing. “That was a mistake, and I’m sorry.”

Zuckerberg was grilled by lawmakers on Capitol Hill over the Cambridge Analytica scandal last month.

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