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Mark Zuckerberg tells Joe Rogan about being compared to a robot

Mark Zuckerberg appeared on Joe Rogan’s podcast for a 3-hour interview (Provider: Spotify)

Mark Zuckeberg made a surprise appearance on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast this week for a nearly three-hour interview.

The billionaire Facebook boss was mostly there to talk up his virtual reality metaverse plans, but also let slip a few interesting facts about what it’s like to run the biggest social media company in the world.

He also revealed that he’s well aware of the memes and jokes about him being a robot. Most of which came about after his marathon testimony in front of the US Senate in 2018 following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

‘The Senate testimony is not exactly an environment that is set up to accentuate the humanity of the subject,’ Zuckerberg told Rogan.

‘If you’re up there for six or seven hours, you’re going to make some face that’s worth making a meme out of.’

Aside from acknowledging the comparisons to Data from Star Trek, Zuckerberg also revealed the realities of what his morning is like.

He told the podcast host he wakes up to find his phone flooded with ‘a million messages’ which are ‘usually not good’.

‘People reserve the good stuff to tell me in person, right?’ the 38-year-old billionaire said.

‘So it’s like what’s going on in the world that I need to pay attention to? So it’s almost like every day you wake up you are punched in the stomach.’

According to Zuckerberg, he gets over it with some exercise, usually ju-jitsu, before getting to work.

11147391 Mark Zuckerberg tells Joe Rogan that Facebook suppressed Hunter Biden laptop story after FBI warned of pre-election 'Russian propaganda dump' - but says users could still share it

Rogan queried Zuckerberg on topics including misinformation, virtual reality and what he does in the morning (Credit: Spotify)

On the topic of work, perhaps the biggest bombshell to come from the interview was Zuck’s admission that the FBI stepped in to ask Facebook to bury a particular news story doing the rounds before the 2020 US election.

It related to allegations around Hunter Biden’s (son of Joe Biden) laptop and its contents which supposedly became public after it was handed in to a computer repair shop.

At the time, multiple intelligence officials claimed the resulting stories were nothing but Russian propaganda. Twitter censored the story completely, but Facebook did not.

‘So our protocol is different from Twitter’s. What Twitter did is they said “You can’t share this at all.” We didn’t do that,’ Zuckerberg said. ‘If something’s reported to us as potentially, misinformation, important misinformation, we also use this third party fact-checking program, cause we don’t wanna be deciding what’s true and false,’ he continued.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrives to testify before a joint hearing of the US Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSON (Photo credit should read JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Mark Zuckerberg at the Senate hearing in 2018 (Credit: Getty)

‘I think it was five or seven days when it was basically being determined, whether it was false. The distribution on Facebook was decreased, but people were still allowed to share it. So you could still share it. You could still consume it,’ he said.

When pressed by Rogan about the amount of distribution that was decreased, Zuckerberg didn’t give a specific percentage but admitted it was ‘meaningful’.

‘We weren’t, sort of, as black and white about it as Twitter. We just kind of thought if the FBI, which I still view as a legitimate institution in this country, it’s a very professional law enforcement. They come to us and tell us that we need to be on guard about something. Then I wanna take that seriously,’ Zuckerberg said.

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