October 11, 2017; Chicago Tribune
The judgement, or lack thereof, exhibited by Mark Zuckerberg in posting a virtual reality stream involving a 3-D version of himself and colleague Rachel Franklin touring a hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico to promote a new Facebook app gets to one problem that we have with his version of unaccountable billionaire philanthropy. That is, they do not quite seem to connect to the world in which most of us live.
Zuckerberg’s version of philanthropy, as NPQ readers will recall, has the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative operating through an LLC with no transparency other than what he chooses to provide. This is, of course, in return for rejecting tax-exempt status, but it also means that he will be deploying massive amounts of money in the social sphere with little accountability.
The promotion in question showed 3-D cartoons of Zuckerberg and Franklin, from Facebook’s virtual reality team, discussing their “amazing” new app w