- A San Francisco district supervisor has reignited the debate over the name of the city’s public hospital, which bears the names of Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan.
- In 2015, the couple donated $ 75 million to the hospital, which was renamed in their honor.
- Matt Haney, a Democrat, cited recent reports of advertiser boycotts of Facebook’s hate speech moderation policies, as well as Zuckerberg’s “comfortable” relationship with Trump.
- There had previously been calls to remove Zuckerberg’s name from the building during the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.
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A San Francisco politician suggested removing Mark Zuckerberg’s name from a hospital the Facebook founder donated $ 75 million to, citing numerous criticisms of the company’s approach to speech-making. hatred.
Matt Haney, who is the city’s District 6 supervisor, tweeted the recent desertion from Facebook by advertisers in a long thread and asked, “Why is his name still on our SF Public General Hospital?”
Haney, a member of the Democratic Party, also spoke about Zuckerberg’s giving to Republicans and what he called his “comfortable” relationship with President Donald Trump, whose posts plunged Facebook into chaos and caused a boycott from advertisers.
(Zuckerberg has contributed to Republican and Democratic campaigns, according to ThoughtCo.)
—Matt Haney (@MattHaneySF) June 28, 2020
Haney’s is one of the latest denunciations of a turbulent time for Zuckerberg as more companies, including Verizon, Coca Cola, Starbucks and Unilever, pull their ad spend from Facebook.
Advertisers’ decision is being spurred by the company’s hate speech moderation policies, which are being tested by Facebook’s decision not to remove an inflammatory post from President Trump hinting at shooting at protesters .
The boycott is estimated to have wiped at least $ 7 billion from Zuckerberg’s fortune, although commentators have said it may not cause lasting damage to the company.
In San Fransciso, the fury only renews a longer-term campaign to remove Zuckerberg’s name from the building.
The hospital was officially renamed Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center in 2015, after the founder of Facebook and his wife donated $ 75 million to his foundation. Chan previously worked there as a pediatrician.
The name is set to last 50 years, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. (Zuckerberg’s name – but not Chan’s – appears on the side of the building, the logo, and on the hospital’s website.)
In his Twitter thread, Haney cited examples of companies that have moved away from Facebook and wrote, “I’m well aware he donated. This was before I was on the board. . There are options to remove it. “
(Haney was referring to his role on the San Francisco watchdog, rather than the hospital.)
Haney said the $ 75 million donation – the largest ever to a US public hospital – is “incredible.” But he argued that philanthropic naming rights should never be “sold” because “health care is a right.”
In late 2018, another district supervisor, Aaron Peskin, requested the name be removed, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. According to the newspaper, a number of nurses shared her concerns.
Peskin cited Facebook’s role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the newspaper reported. In early 2018, the company admitted to mishandling the data of around 87 million Facebook users and was fined $ 5 billion. Peskin also referred to the company’s efforts to discredit critics through a political consultancy, the newspaper reported.
According to the newspaper, the terms of Zuckerberg and Chan’s donation do not discuss what would happen if the name was revoked.
The hospital did not issue a notice on the name change in 2018, the newspaper reported.
Hospital CEO Susan Erlich sent a statement to the newspaper saying, “The appointment is an important convention in philanthropy that encourages additional donors… We are honored that Dr. Chan and Mr. Zuckerberg have sufficiently appreciated our hospital and our staff, as well as the health of the San Franciscans, to donate their resources to our mission. “
Business Insider reached out to the hospital and Facebook for comment, but did not immediately receive responses.