Gary Vaynerchuk on Facebook being a force of good or evil: 'Facebook is a mirror'

Last night, I decided to re-watch one of my more recent favourite episodes of the YouTube show “Hot Ones,” which everyone should watch if they’re not already. In each “Hot Ones” episode, which lasts around 15-20 minutes, an interviewer (Sean Evans) asks guests (usually celebrities) various questions as they eat increasingly hotter chicken wings.

This particular “Hot Ones” episode features Gary Vaynerchuk, the fast-talking founder of VaynerMedia and investor in dozens of notable tech companies including Facebook, Twitter, and Uber.

Honestly, I had never even heard of Vaynerchuk before this 21-minute YouTube episode, but it was a great introduction to his quirky personality.

My favourite moment in the episode, however, was when Sean Evans asks Vaynerchuk about Facebook. “Is Facebook a force of good? A force of evil? Does it matter?”

Here’s Vaynerchuk’s response, which stuck with me:

“Facebook is a mirror. Everybody’s super pumped about blaming other people for their own s—. Technology’s exposing who you are, not changing you. Facebook’s a mirror.”

Vaynerchuk also had an interesting response when asked by Evans what people get wrong about Mark Zuckerberg, as someone who has actually spent time with the Facebook founder:

“I think this notion of he’s a tech nerd, and he built it because of a girl, all that bulls—. I just think he’s a genuinely good guy, smart as s—, and disproportionately understands human behaviour. Besides Jeff Bezos, I think he’s probably the most understanding of consumer behaviour, which makes him extremely dangerous as an entrepreneur.”

You can watch the whole “Hot Ones” episode featuring Vaynerchuk below.

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