Democracy under threat from Facebook and lax Irish oversight, says business leader Denis O’Brien – IrishCentral

Democracy is under threat from Facebook and Ireland is complicit in allowing Facebook’s deeply damaging behavior charged Denis O’Brien, Digicel CEO and founder and Ireland’s leading businessman. He was addressing an audience at Cambridge University on Thursday night.

Denis O’Brien accused Facebook of using Ireland and its lax regulations and said that “Ireland, regrettably, has allowed itself to become  Facebook’s laundrette for the biggest tax avoidance  scheme in the world.”

Facebook has its European HQ in Dublin and Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner is Facebook’s lead regulator in the European Union.

O’Brien, a major philanthropist, whose personal worth has been estimated at $3 billion, made the remarks as guest speaker at the annual Brian Lenihan Junior lecture named in honor of Ireland’s former Finance Minister, a Cambridge graduate,  who passed away from cancer in 2011. 

O’Brien stated “Make no mistake about it, Facebook is allowing its platform to facilitate anarchy. The

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