Andy Bichlbaum of The Yes Men portrays Carnibur Rossbud, supposedly Vice-President of Global Understanding at Facebook. “It's hard to believe, but everything in my fake Facebook announcement is 100% true," says Bichlbaum. “Reality is just that absurd. And when parody and reality are the same, people must stand up to correct the reality."
"This isn't fake news, because the whole point is to reveal the hoax, and just how absurd reality is," adds Bichlbaum.
FRIENDS released the video on the eve of an Ottawa meeting of the International Grand Committee of parliamentarians investigating Big Tech companies like Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook. The UK-led Grand Committee will devote significant time to Facebook’s impact on journalism and democracy, having previously rebuked the company for “intentionally and knowingly” breaking laws, and for behaving like “digital gangsters”. Mark Zuckerberg is not expected to appear, despite a subpoena which calls on him to testify.