Embattled and in over his head, Mark Zuckerberg should — at least — step down as Facebook chairman

The Washington Post:

After the past week’s developments, the 34-year-old should declare mission accomplished — and find something else to do for the next few decades.

Because he’s shown that he’s incapable of leading the broken behemoth that is Facebook.

Leaders — capable leaders — don’t do what Zuckerberg has done in the face of disaster that they themselves have presided over.

Two stunning pieces of journalism show the scope of the problem, and how out of his depth Facebook’s chairman and CEO is.

The first, a major investigation by the New York Times, revealed that, under fire for allowing misinformation to spread on its platform, Facebook hired an opposition-research company to plant false stories in the conservative blogosphere. Some, for example, suggested that George Soros, the liberal philanthropist, was bankrolling anti-Facebook protesters. To put it more bluntly, Facebook enabled a smear campaign against its critics.

As Max Read pithily observed in New York magazine: “Fake news isn’t just a problem for Facebook. It’s also a solution!”

The second, by the great feature writer Eli Saslow in The Washington Post, focused on a particular blogger who makes a living inventing viral lies that spread — and are believed — on a Facebook page called America’s Last Line of Defense.

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The world would be a much better place if Facebook vanished…