New petition demanding Mark Zuckerberg to stop ‘colonizing’ Hawaii gathers over 441,000 signatures after organizers claim Facebook billionaire ‘sues natives to build mansion on their land’
- A Change.org petition accused Mark Zuckerberg of ‘colonizing’ Kauai
- Organizers claim that the CEO of Facebook is suing the natives to build a country house on their land
- It is believed to refer to a now-thrown 2017 lawsuit over the ‘quiet title’ Zuckerberg started looking for the owners of plots adjacent to his estate
- Zuckerberg spokesman said the “premise of the petition is false”
A new petition calls on Mark Zuckerberg to “ colonize ” the Hawaiian island of Kauai, alleging that the Facebook CEO is suing natives to build a mansion on their land.
The Change.org campaign was launched last week and has since collected over 444,000 signatures.
Organizers have accused the billionaire – “the sixth richest man in the world” – to beat the locals out of the country to make way for his vacation home.
Representatives from Zuckerberg responded to the campaign by saying that the “premise of the petition is not correct.”
A petition accusing Mark Zuckerberg of ‘colonizing’ the Hawaiian island of Kauai has collected more than 444,000 signatures since it launched last week
Billionaire Facebook CEO and his wife Priscilla Chan acquired over 700 acres of land for $ 200 million in Kauai in 2014 and filed “quiet title” lawsuits to identify the owners of several plots adjacent to their estate
Hawaiians are being abused enough. We have to let them have this. Their country is important to them. What does he build a mansion for? Living in Kauai two months a year? This is inhumane. He is ill. He must be stopped, ”the petition reads.
“There are plenty of open spaces no one has claimed. Still, should he choose a place where people try to earn a living and support their families? It is disgusting. Don’t let the privileged steal things that are no longer theirs.
“Signing this petition could potentially save lives and families. Don’t shut up about this because he’s rich. The rich already have enough. They are greedy.
“This is greedy. He already has ten houses. INCLUDING surrounding property to ensure its privacy. He has enough. As if this is ridiculous, ”it continues.
Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan acquired over 700 acres of land for $ 200 million in Kauai in 2014.
Pilaa Beach (pictured) sits below hill and mountain peak lands of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, near Kilauea on the north coast of Kauai in Hawaii
Pictured: Aerial photographs of the land Zuckerberg bought
Campaigners have accused Zuckerberg of ‘colonizing’ the area, despite the fact that the suit was withdrawn years ago
The petition is believed to refer to Zuckerberg’s silent property business in 2017, which looked for owners of several lots adjacent to their home so they could expand their estate.
The land was granted to natives in the mid-19th century, and since many of them died without a will, the lots now have hundreds of owners.
The move caused outrage among islanders and other members of the public, with many accusing Zuckerberg of theft of native people.
Zuckerberg later dropped the lawsuit after the reaction and wrote an opinion piece in The Garden Island promising to “find a better approach.”
A spokesman denied that the tech entrepreneur was trying to expel the Hawaiian population.
Mark is not suing Indigenous Hawaiians and no one has been driven from the country. In early 2017, Mark withdrew from the trial as a plaintiff to clear the title over the land he had bought in Kauai, “said a spokesman. Newsweek.
Before Mark acquired the land, it would be subdivided by a commercial developer and built into 80 homes. Instead, the property is used as a ranch and family getaway, designed in collaboration with local families and experts to create and preserve sustainable farming activities while preserving the natural beauty and protecting the native flora and fauna. ‘