Mark Zuckerberg Is Building 'Oppressive' Wall: Hawaiians

New structure around his 700-acre property isn't going over well among most
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2016 5:33 AM CDT
Mark Zuckerberg Is Building 'Oppressive' Wall: Hawaiians
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg   (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

Mr. Zuckerberg, tear down that wall. So say neighbors in Kauai, Hawaii, who think the Facebook founder is not so "neighborly." Residents on the north shore say Mark Zuckerberg is building a "monstrosity" of a wall on the 700-acre property he bought in 2014. He's reportedly using locally sourced materials, but "the feeling of it is really oppressive. It's immense," one resident tells West Hawaii Today. "It's really sad that somebody would come in, and buy a huge piece of land and the first thing they do is cut off this view that's been available and [appreciated] by the community here for years." Another neighbor doesn't have a problem with it: "I find that it greatly enhances the natural beauty of the land, appropriately makes use of local materials, and serves as a tasteful reminder of an ancient method of defining boundaries," he says.

Workers have "put some boards up, so you can see the future projection of the wall and what it will cut off," the first resident adds. "It's quite dramatic because you can see all the pasture land and ocean underneath the boards." He predicts the wall will be at least 6 feet tall. Another resident says the wall already cuts out the breeze so "there's not a breath of air on this side from the ocean." There's been no response from Zuckerberg, but the Telegraph previously reported he's a fan of his privacy. In 2013, he spent $30 million buying four homes near his Palo Alto abode to avoid new neighbors. CNET, meanwhile, is poking fun at Zuckerberg's previous criticism of Donald Trump's proposed wall. (Away from landscaping, this security trick of his might be useful for your own computer.)

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