Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire CEO of Facebook, is getting a lot of kudos from the outdoor world on social media this week for a live video he posted espousing his passion for hunting, fishing, the outdoors, and barbecue.
The social media mogul posted a live 30-minute video on Facebook saying “Things taste better when you cook them yourself, but they taste doubly better when you’ve hunted the animal yourself.”
When asked by one of the live viewers if he hunts, Zuckerberg confirmed he is a hunter, a statement he has made in the past. “Yeah, I hunt. It’s a good way to feel connected to nature,” he said in the video. “If you’re going to eat meat, you should get to know where it comes from.”
While it’s all well and good that someone with the influence of Mark Zuckerberg seems so firmly entrenched in the hunting and fishing world, his stance on gun ownership is unclear. He didn’t say one way or the other in the video, but one almost has to assume Zuckerberg is a bowhunter, since Facebook has been unsupportive of gun rights and gun owners in general this year.
In February we reported that Facebook banned arrangements of private gun sales on its social networking platform at the end of January. The move abolished many gun trader groups, sending them to alternate websites.
People can’t actually buy anything on Facebook because it isn’t an e-commerce site, but it was often used to make arrangements to buy and ship firearms, with payments handled through services like PayPal. Regardless, the firearms would legally have to be shipped to an FFL where a NICS check would be performed before the purchaser could take possession of it, unless both parties were residents of the same state and physically met to perform the sale, in which case, no NICS check would be required.
In June we reported that a group of companies and gun-rights advocates said the social media platform had been “actively suppressing” their posts and therefore diminishing their visibility.
When the companies contacted Facebook for an explanation, they were told their pages were suppressed because of too much promotional or commercial content.
It’s worth noting that 80 percent of Facebook 1.6 billion users reside outside the United States and Canada, according to the story from outdoorhub.com.