Roger Waters has publicly hit out at Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg after the social media platform put forward a request to use the Pink Floyd song ‘Another Brick In The Wall (Part II)’ as part of a promotional campaign for Instagram.
Waters, who was in a somewhat spiky mood while speaking during an event in New York City in support of the jailed Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, revealed a piece of paper that detailed a request from Facebook to use Pink Floyd’s track. “It’s a request for the rights to use my song, Another Brick in the Wall (Part II), in the making of a film to promote Instagram,” Waters said.
“So it’s a missive from Mark Zuckerberg to me… with an offer of a huge, huge amount of money and the answer is, ‘fuck you! No fucking way,” he added. “And I only mention that because it’s the insidious movement of them to take over absolutely everything. So those of us who do have any power, and I do have a little bit – in terms of control of the publishing of my songs I do anyway. So I will not be a party to this bullshit, Zuckerberg.”
Waters added: “They want to use it to make Facebook and Instagram even bigger and more powerful than it already is, so that it can continue to censor all of us in this room and prevent this story about Julian Assange getting out to the general public.”
Having spoken passionately during the event in defence of Assange, who remains imprisoned at London’s high-security Belmarsh prison, Waters then reflected on Mark Zuckerberg’s early business plans. The Facebook founder famously developed his ideas based on a ‘hot or not’ concept that allowed college students to ‘rate’ the attractiveness of photos submitted.
“You think, how did this little prick, who started off going, ‘She’s pretty, we’ll give her a four out of five, she’s ugly, we’ll give her a one’,” Waters added. “How the fuck did he get any power in anything? And yet here he is, one of the most powerful idiots in the world.”