Mark Zuckerberg has made a great living by doing the unexpected. Nobody expected a young college student to start one of the biggest online empires the world has ever seen. Also, nobody expected him to win medals at a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu tournament, but he sure did.
In Zuck’s competitive debut in Redwood City, California, he secured one gold and one silver medal en route to a successful first Jiu-Jitsu tournament. Zuckerberg published a celebratory post on Instagram after his win, saying:
“Competed in my first jiu-jitsu tournament and won some medals for the Guerrilla Jiu Jitsu team.”
His coach, Khai “the Shadow” Wu, also chimed in, according to the Guardian, praising the tech icon for his performance on the mat:
“Yesterday getting to see Zuck compete was pretty epic. No match was easy and everything was earned. It was an honor to be able to help coach and offer any advice I could.”
In a video released on Twitter, Zuckerberg can be seen passionately arguing with a referee, over an unknown issue. Given his often robotic persona in the business world, it is neat to see this emotional side of the Facebook King.
Mark Zuckerberg has a meltdown after losing a juijutsu match.
The billionaire owner of META became visibility upset after the referee called the match for his competitor.
After a heated exchange the referee agreed it was a 0-0 draw and said they could have a rematch.
— Oli London (@OliLondonTV) May 8, 2023
Following a rough calendar year 2022 for Facebook’s parent company Meta, Zuckerberg certainly needs an outlet like Jiu-Jitsu for stress releif. Back in November, Zuckerberg released a statement announcing that 11,000 Meta employees were being laid off. He said:
“Today I’m sharing some of the most difficult changes we’ve made in Meta’s history. I’ve decided to reduce the size of our team by about 13% and let more than 11,000 of our talented employees go. We are also taking a number of additional steps to become a leaner and more efficient company by cutting discretionary spending and extending our hiring freeze through Q1.”
“At the start of Covid, the world rapidly moved online and the huge of e-commerce led to outsized revenue growth. Many people predicted this would be a permanent acceleration that would continue even after the pandemic ended. I did too, so I made the decision to significantly increase our investments.
“Unfortunately, this did not play out the way I expected. Not only has online commerce returned to prior trends, but the macroeconomic downturn, increased competition, and ads signal loss have caused our revenue to be much lower than I’d expected. I got this wrong, and I take responsibility for that.”
Zuckerberg has also received a subpoena in regards to a lawsuit from Rep. Jim Jordan. As The American Tribune wrote, the lawsuit alleges that Big Tech colluded with the government:
And Rep. Jordan is including threats in the subpoenas too. Writing in the cover letter for one of the subpoenas, he threatened the companies with legislation, saying “To develop effective legislation, such as the possible enactment of new statutory limits on the Executive Branch’s ability to work with Big Tech to restrict the circulation of content and deplatform users, the Committee on the Judiciary must first understand how and to what extent the Executive Branch coerced and colluded with companies and other intermediaries to censor speech.”
Jordan added that “Numerous internal documents from Twitter reflect the weaponization of the federal government’s power to censor speech online,” saying that it is “necessary for Congress to gauge the extent to which this occurred.” He did, however, exclude Elon Musk from having to attend the hearings.
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