Facebook founder rejects credit for Arab revolt
PARIS - Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg denied Wednesday that his global social networking site was to thank for enabling the revolutions in Tunisia and Egypt through protestors coordinating online.
"Facebook was neither necessary nor sufficient for any of those things to happen," the 27-year-old New Yorker told the "e-G8" gathering of Internet bosses in Paris.
"It would be extremely arrogant for any specific technology company to claim credit" for protest movements in the Arab world such as those that ousted long-term rulers in Tunisia and Egypt this year, he added.
"People are now having the opportunity to communicate" more widely than ever before, he said, adding: "That's not a Facebook thing. That's an Internet thing."
Zuckerberg spoke after meeting French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who called the e-G8 forum to make proposals to G8 leaders on online regulation and freedoms.
Zuckerberg has seen his online social networking site grow in seven years from a college system to a global phenomenon with hundreds of millions of users.