Peskin cited Facebook’s series of scandals it has faced over the past year as he asked the city attorney to begin working on a procedure for removing Zuckerberg’s name, the Chronicle reported. At a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, Peskin cited the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the recent New York Times report that Facebook hired a Republican opposition research firm to paint liberal financier George Soros as the force behind an anti-Facebook movement. Soros has been the target of anti-Semitic smears on the far right.
“It is not normal for private entities to use that information to spread, and in this case anti-Semitic, conspiracy theories on platforms they control,” Peskin said, according to The Chronicle. “It is not normal for Mark Zuckerberg and [Facebook Chief Operating Officer] Sheryl Sandberg to refuse to accept responsibility and to publicly distance themselves from acts that they have personally instigated. … This is about the integrity of institutions and spaces that are overwhelmingly funded by public money and taxpayer dollars.”
At the time of the Zuckerberg-Chan donation, hospital officials believed it was the largest single private donation by individuals to a public hospital in the country, SFGate reported. In May, nurses at the hospital already began to protest the name, with one even taping over “Zuckerberg” on the hospital’s signage, The New York Times reported.
Facebook, the hospital and the city attorney’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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