No, this is not your typical question about whether we should use Facebook because of this or that cause it should support.
My question here is whether we should use Facebook because its CEO Mark Zuckerberg may have gotten to where he is today because of ill-gotten gain. I’m sure many of us remember the movie called The Social Network which was based on the fact that the so-called Winklevoss twins claimed that Zuckerberg stole their idea for Facebook. There was ultimately a settlement and the twins won a huge sum of money from it.
First off, does this settlement mean that either Zuckerberg admitted that he stole their idea? If not, does it mean a judge said that he did by allowing the twins to be paid as they were? In any case, does this mean that Zuckerberg created Facebook through sinful means, i.e., stealing someone else’s idea?
IF this is the case, should Christians use Facebook? After all, if Zuckerberg is now in his position as CEO of Facebook through sinful pracrtices and is therefore making money from these sinful practices, are we not directly supporting his sin by using Facebook? I mean, even if we argue that we don’t buy anything from the ads we see there so, therefore, he is not technically getting any money directly from us when we use Facebook, it cannot be argued that companies decide to put ads on Facebook because many people are using it, including ourselves. So, in a sense, by using Facebook, we are encouraging advertisers who, in turn, pay Zuckerberg to advertise on their site. So, in some sense, even if we don’t directly buy anything from the ads on Facebook, we are still, by our mere presence on the site, in some sense providing Zuckerberg money when we choose to use Facebook. So, if we are providing money to Zuckerberg, are we not directly, through financial means, supporting him as being CEO, a position that he may(?) have acquired through sinful means?
So, I ask again, with the above in mind, should Christians use Facebook, putting aside for the moment any other moral objections we might have to using it? What are your thoughts on this? Is there really any way we can justify using Facebook with the above situation in mind?
EDIT: Reading further on this subject, it would seem that the judge in this case ultimately sided with Zuckerberg and decided to allow the settlement simply because, at some point, litigation had to end. Am I reading this correctly?
Still, however, we may never know the true story of who is truly in the right here; we may never know all the ins and outs.
With all this in mind, still, my questions about whether Christians/Catholics are permitted to use Facebook still stand. With all this in mind, why are we or why are we not?