Facebook Co-Founder Donates To Prop 19


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UPDATE: Facebook's hatred of leaf shapes aside, Sean Parker, Facebook's first president and the co-founder of Napster has now given $100,000 to the Prop 19 campaign. Parker, played by the talented Justin Timberlake in the movie, "The Social Network" is also a press-shy billionaire, like Moskovitz. I hope this begins a bidding war to see how many young billionaire entrepreneurs can pony up with their checkbooks.

Original Story: Dustin Moskovitz is a co-founder of Facebook. He has been getting some press of late, and not just because he is portrayed in the recent box office smash movie, "The Social Network". (He is played by actor Joe Mazzello) Moskovitz, who prefers to keep a low profile, is reputed to be America's youngest billionaire and still has a 6 percent stake in Facebook. Moskovitz has gotten his checkbook out a second time and donated a healthy $50,000 to the proposition 19 effort in California to legalize marijuana for adults in the state.

This is the second donation form Moskovitz, he gave $20,000 to the effort earlier. He left Facebook in 2008 and started Asana, a software company he says allows individuals and small companies to collaborate more effectively. His new company, has several of the same early financial backers as Facebook and lists their corporate values as pragmatism and "chill-ness". Forbes estimates that Moskovitz's entire $1.4 billion fortune comes from his 6 percent state in Facebook.

Even though Moskovitz supports prop 19, Facebook has banned any marijuana ads that have an image of a pot leaf. The Internet Giant has pitted itself against many of its users with its decision and put off many for what they see as blocking free speech on behalf of a political position. A spokesperson for Facebook, Andrew Noyes said the company wouldn't comment on what an employee of Facebook, past or present, does with his or her own checkbook.

Organizations, such as the Libertarian Party, who have tried to buy ads to promote the passage of prop 19 have been told that any pro-legalization ads run counter to the companies policies. Michael Whitney, a spokesman for Just Say Now, which had ads removed by Facebook, applauded Moskovitz's donation, but pushed Facebook to follow his lead. "It's nice that a Facebook co-founder is donating to Yes on 19′s campaign, but Facebook itself is still afraid of a pot leaf," He urges Facebook to drop its reefer madness hysteria and catch up with it's users, and now...even a co-founder.

Computer science in general has enjoyed a complimentary relationship with drugs. A scene from the movie, "The Social Network" depicts the early days of Facebook as a big party complete with a six-foot bong that interns needed to stand on a couch to use. Many have said the 60's counter culture was the engine for the personal computer.

Facebook's decision to pull any ads that depict a pot leaf as their only criteria is puzzling. They have come out since the controversy and said they will carry pro-19 ads as long as it doesn't have the iconic leaf. Kinda makes me wonder if someone on their advisory board was frightened as a child by a Canadian Flag. With pages and pages of pro-marijuana content, why would Facebook come out against a leaf shape? Meanwhile, if you search for the term "marijuana" on Facebook it might bring you ads for Partnership for a Drug Free America, an organization that is so rife with reefer madness it is stacked with outdated and repudiated science.

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