Facebook's Zuckerberg sues to gain 'quiet title' to Kauai lands

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who bought 700 acres of land on the North Shore of Kauai in 2014, has filed several lawsuits in Hawaii’s state Circuit Court to force fractional owners of several dozen small parcels of land, local Hawaii families who have had rights to the properties in some cases for more than 100 years, to sell their land within his holdings.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports three Zuckerberg entities, Pilaa International LLC, Northshore Kalo LLC and High Flyer LLC, filed eight “quiet title” lawsuits in 5th Circuit Court on Kauai on Dec. 30 that seek to identify all owners of the properties and to compensate them for their shares.

The newspaper reports that Zuckerberg, who reportedly plans to build a secluded family compound on the land, purchased interests from several part owners of the kuelana lands — ownership of small lots that has passed down through generations since the Hawaiian monarchy began allowing private ownership of land in 1850 — in order to have the right to establish title and to force a sale under Hawaii’s quiet title law. The newspaper reports that many of the part-owners, some who own less than one one-hundredth of 1 percent of a parcel, are unaware of their families’ claim to the land.

The parties named in the lawsuits have 20 days to respond after being served a copy of the complaint, or forfeit having a say in the proceeding, the newspaper reports.

Zuckerberg, who irritated neighbors on the North Shore by building a six-foot rock wall around the property, last year submitted a “farm-dwelling agreement” to Kauai County with the intention of building a house on the property.
literally what the fuck is he thinking?? he’s trying to be a Trump of Hawaiʻi building a wall to distance himself from the locals and the natives. he thinks he can take cultural land that belongs to Hawaiian families for hundreds of years just because he has the money to do it? fuck zuckerfuck in his raisin asshole i hope his family chokes

Mark Zuckerberg — one of the most insightful, adept leaders in the business world — has a problem. It’s a problem he has been slow to acknowledge, even though it’s become more apparent by the day.

Several current and former Facebook employees tell NPR there is a lot of internal turmoil about how the platform does and doesn’t censor content that users find offensive. And outside Facebook, the public is regularly confounded by the company’s decisions — around controversial posts and around fake news.

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Behind whatever the controversy of the moment happens to be, there’s a deep-seated problem. The problem is this: At age 19, the then-boy genius started a social network that was basically a tech-savvy way to check out classmates in school. Then, over the course of 12 years, he made some very strategic decisions that have morphed Facebook into the most powerful distributor on Earth — the new front page of the news for more than 1 billion people every day. But Zuckerberg didn’t sign up to head a media company — as in, one that has to make editorial judgments.

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Avril Lavigne just threw expert shade at Mark Zuckerberg after he insulted Nickelback, which is NOT A JOKING MATTER, GUYS

A new video shows Zuckerberg asking Jarvis to play “some good Nickleback songs,” to which Jarvis/Freeman replies, “I’m sorry, Mark. I’m afraid I can’t do that. There are no good Nickelback songs.” The estranged wife of Nickleback frontman Chad Kroeger apparently didn’t appreciate that sick burn.