December 09, 2020
Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to interview Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
The interview took place at the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake City in front of about 15,000 people. Before we went on stage, Mark and I spent 30 minutes alone in the green room.
He was nervous.
It was his first major public interview in years. Well, at least the first one in years that didn’t involve a politician asking him questions under oath.
A lot has happened since. Today, we’re launching The CEO.com Show, a weekly podcast that explores subjects and influential leaders without agenda or prejudice. It will come out every Wednesday at 4 am ET.
The CEO.com Show will begin with a series of episodes examining Facebook. In particular, the company’s meteoric rise, its effect on journalism, political campaigns, and on the public’s mental health. We’ll also explore whether or not it’s a monopoly and strive to gain a better understanding of the debate it’s helped to ignite around the very idea of truth.
Who should be the arbiter of truth? Should anyone? Can anyone? Should it be Mark Zuckerberg? How realistic is that? What would be the ramifications of such a scenario?
Why are some politicians and media outlets pushing Facebook to censor more or less? Why do they believe we can’t think for ourselves? Do they think we believe everything we read on Facebook? How crazy is that?
And why is Mark Zuckerberg the first person politicians and the media blame when something happens they don’t like? Why does he have to answer for every problem on the internet?
I’d love to know what you think of the first episode. If you feel so inclined, leave us a five-star rating and review on Apple Podcasts. I’m not sure why, but that matters a great deal as we get rolling. I’ll even send you an awesome CEO.com hat if you do it! Just screenshot your rating and review and email it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, I’d love to hear your feedback on the show and field any suggestions on what we should explore in future episodes.