Petition urges Mark Zuckerberg to stop ‘colonizing’ Hawaii – Facebook billionaire says he’s not

New petition demanding Mark Zuckerberg stop ‘colonizing’ Hawaii garners over 441,000 signatures after organizers claim Facebook billionaire is ‘suing natives to create a mansion on the land’

  • A Change.org petition has accused Mark Zuckerberg of ‘colonizing’ Kauai  
  • Organizers claim Facebook CEO is suing natives to create a mansion on the land
  • It is believed to take reference to a now-tossed 2017 ‘quiet title’ lawsuit Zuckerberg launched seeking the owners of plots of land bordering his estate
  • Spokesperson for Zuckerberg said the ‘premise of the petition is false’  

A new petition is calling on Mark Zuckerberg to stop ‘colonizing’ the Hawaiian island of Kauai, claiming the Facebook CEO is suing natives in order to build a mansion on their land. 

The Change.org campaign was launched a week ago and has since garnered significantly more than 444,000 signatures.

Organizers have accused the billionaire – ‘the sixth richest man in the world’ – of trying to boot locals off the land to make enough space for his vacation home.  

Reps for Zuckerberg have responded to the campaign saying the ‘premise of the petition is false.’ 

A petition accusing Mark Zuckerberg of ‘colonizing’ the Hawaiian island of Kauai, has amassed significantly more than 444,000 signatures since its launch last week 

The billionaire Facebook CEO and his wife Priscilla Chan acquired a 700-plus acre property for $200million in Kauai back in 2014 and had filed 'quiet title' lawsuits to identify the owners of several plots of land bordering their estate

The billionaire Facebook CEO and his wife Priscilla Chan acquired a 700-plus acre property for $200million in Kauai back in 2014 and had filed ‘quiet title’ lawsuits to identify the owners of a few plots of land bordering their estate 

‘Hawaiians are already mistreated enough as is. We need to let them have this. Their land is important to them. He’s building a mansion to what? Live in Kauai for 2 months from the year? This is inhuman. It is sick. He needs to be stopped,’ the petition reads. 

‘There are lots of open spaces no one has claimed. Yet he has to pick a place where individuals are trying to make a living and support their own families? It’s disgusting. Don’t allow the privileged steal things that do not belong to them any further.  

‘If you sign this petition, you could potentially save your self lives and families. Don’t stay silent about this because he’s rich. The rich have enough already. They’re greedy. 

‘This is greedy. He has ten domiciles already. INCLUDING surrounding properties to insure his privacy. He has enough. Like this is ridiculous,’ it continues. 

Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan acquired a 700-plus acre property for $200million in Kauai in 2014.

Pilaa Beach (pictured) is below hillside and ridge top land owned by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, near Kilauea on the north shore of Kauai in Hawaii

Pilaa Beach (pictured) is below hillside and ridge top land owned by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, near Kilauea on the north shore of Kauai in Hawaii

Pictured: Aerial photos of the land Zuckerberg purchased

Pictured: Aerial photos of the land Zuckerberg purchased

Supporters of the campaign have accused Zuckerberg of 'colonizing' the area despite the suit being dropped years ago

Supporters of the campaign have accused Zuckerberg of ‘colonizing’ the area inspite of the suit being dropped years ago 

The petition is believed to take reference to Zuckerberg’s quiet title lawsuit in 2017 that sought identify owners of a few plots of land bordering their home in order that they could expand their estate. 

The land was granted to natives in the mid-19th century, and because most of them died without wills, the lots will have hundreds of owners.

The move drew outrage among island residents and other members of the general public, with many accusing Zuckerberg of stealing from indigenous people.

Zuckerberg later dropped the lawsuit following the backlash and wrote an op-ed in The Garden Island promising to ‘find a better approach.’ 

A spokesperson denied the tech entrepreneur was trying to oust Hawaiian locals.  

‘Mark is not suing native Hawaiians and no you have been forced off of the land. At the start of 2017, Mark withdrew as a plaintiff from the procedure to clear title on the land he purchased in Kauai,’ a spokesperson told Newsweek

‘Before Mark acquired the land, it was set to be subdivided by way of a commercial developer and constructed into 80 domiciles. Instead, the house is being used as a functional ranch and family retreat, designed together with local families and experts to help create and keep maintaining sustainable agriculture activities while preserving its natural beauty and protecting indigenous wildlife.’ 

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