New Delhi: Taking a dig at the US presidential hopeful Donald Trump, former Facebook executive Randi Zuckerberg on Saturday said technology has given voice to not only voiceless but also to people like the Republican leader “who should not have a voice at all”.
Trump recently stirred a controversy when he called for barring all Muslims from entering the United States. Speaking at the Economic Times Global Business Summit, Randi said technology has given voice to voiceless and played a key role in revolutions like Arab Spring.
“At the same time when you give a voice to the voiceless, you also give a voice to people who have hateful things to say and people like Trump who probably shouldn’t have a voice at all,” she said. Randi, sister of Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, worked at Facebook for seven years and now runs her own digital marketing venture.
Her brother Mark too had last month differed with Trump when he pledged that Muslims will always be welcome on Facebook and said he “will fight to protect your rights and create a peaceful and safe environment” for them.
Randi, a Harvard graduate, said she has worked on projects like presidential elections, disaster relief response and global events strategy. “I am excited about the opportunity of tech to give people a voice. I witnessed Arab Spring, global elections first hand.
I have witnessed how governments have become more transparent and more accountable because of technology,” she said. Randi said technology gives basic human dignity and hope as people can get access to education, healthcare and good governance in the remote parts using their telephones. “Now of course at the same time, this can be scary or threatening to those who have a vested interest in keeping society the same,” she added.