Facebook founder and Trump detractor Mark Zuckerberg continues to find himself in hot water these days.
Zuckerberg, who owns a massive plot of ground on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, is now being accused of secretly trying to ‘colonize’ the area, according to a recent New York Post report.
The current accusations against Zuckerberg can be traced back to lawsuits that Zuckerberg filed in 2017.
The tech billionaire initiated actions against several landowners in Kauai in an effort to pressure them to sell their parcels so that he could “enhance” the privacy of his $100 million estate.
Needless to say, that litigation did not sit well with locals, with Zuckerberg ultimately dropping his claims amid the uproar, as The Guardian reported.
That, however, according to Hawaiian native Mia Brier, is not where Zuckerberg’s efforts in trying to secure the land stopped, and she maintains that Zuckerberg has recruited a local named Carlos Adrade to help him in his quest and that Adrade is now working behind the scenes on Zuckerberg’s behalf to get control of the land.
A petition has been launched in an effort to stop the Facebook guru in his tracks, and it states, “Mark Zuckerberg is the sixth richest man in the world… and he is suing Native Hawaiians in Kauai for their land so he can build a mansion,” adding:
They have built lives there. They have built families there. Hawaiians are already mistreated enough as is. We need to let them have this.
The petition is on Change.org, and it has already garnered more than 500,000 signatures against Zuckerberg in only about a week’s time.
Of course, Zuckerberg is claiming that Brier has it all wrong and that he is in no way attempting to eject anyone from their lands.
Zuckerberg’s spokesperson claims that the accusations made in the petition are entirely false, according to Newsweek.
Additionally, the spokesperson stated that both Mark and his wife, Priscilla, “have made commitments to Kauai charitable organizations that help to improve the island’s education and health care systems, promote conservation and help to promote efforts to recover from flooding and COVID-19.”
Precisely how and when this Hawaiian standoff will end remains to be seen.