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Mark Zuckerberg posts bizarre video of himself throwing spears while wearing ear protectors

Mark Zuckerberg is drawing jeers on social media after posting a slow-motion video of himself throwing spears while wearing ear protectors. 

The Facebook founder shared the clip on Monday with the caption: ‘I have a very particular set of skills,’ drawing his inspiration from the film Taken. 

Critics were quick to mock the unusual display and seized on Zuckerberg’s ear protectors – which seemed to be an unnecessary accessory for the activity that doesn’t emit much sound. 

Others questioned whether Zuckerberg is training to escalate his war with Apple CEO Tim Cook. 

The tech titans’ feud ramped up this week with Zuckerberg taking a shot at Apple on Twitter by writing that Facebook would ‘introduce a revenue share … less than the 30% that Apple and others take.’

The spear-throwing clip followed another eyebrow-raising video in which Zuckerberg fired a bow and arrow at a line of bowling pins.    

Mark Zuckerberg posted a bizarre video over the weekend of himself throwing spears while wearing ear protectors

Mark Zuckerberg posted a bizarre video over the weekend of himself throwing spears while wearing ear protectors

The Facebook CEO also posted a video of himself with a bow and arrow, shooting at pins

The Facebook CEO also posted a video of himself with a bow and arrow, shooting at pins

It’s not clear where the videos were filmed, though Zuckerberg has property in both Palo Alto, California, as well as Hawaii, where he has been photographed multiple times since the onset of the pandemic. 

Zuckerberg prefaced the videos by writing: ‘A trail I wanted to hike is out of hiking permits, but has plenty of hunting permits available. 

‘That’s basically saying: look, you can’t walk here unless you also bring a bow and arrow. So I guess we’re doing this.’  

In the video posted Monday Zuckerberg can be seen in shorts, T-shirts, and most notably, ear protectors, chucking a spear at a target, missing the bullseye just to the right.

In the background, a song from the band Audioslave plays menacingly.

After his throw, Zuckerberg turns around and reveals he is wearing sunglasses, as well as a big grin on his face.

He is then seen chucking another spear, which lands even closer to the bullseye, just to the left of it.

Ear protectors are typically used when someone is discharging a firearm, but less so when somebody is throwing an almost soundless spear. 

Before the videos, Zuckerberg posted that the trail he wanted to hike was 'out of hiking permits,' but had hunting permits available

Before the videos, Zuckerberg posted that the trail he wanted to hike was ‘out of hiking permits,’ but had hunting permits available

Zuckerberg posted the spear-throwing video with a caption inspired by Taken

Zuckerberg posted the spear-throwing video with a caption inspired by Taken

He also referenced the Avengers when posting his video of him with a bow and arrow

He also referenced the Avengers when posting his video of him with a bow and arrow

Zuckerberg couldn't help but to comment on his own post, dishing his love on Hawkeye

Zuckerberg couldn’t help but to comment on his own post, dishing his love on Hawkeye

Zuckerberg had posted his other video with the crossbow about 24 hours earlier with the caption: ‘If I were an Avenger, pretty sure I’d be Hawkeye.’

In that video, the Facebook CEO is armed with a bow and arrow, which he uses to knock down a series of bowling pins on a wooden table.

‘Seriously though, Hawkeye needs his own movie,’ Zuckerberg later commented on his own video. 

Twitter was unsurprisingly relentless in shooting their own social media arrows at the Facebook CEO.

ProductHunt asked, ‘Anyone have Mark Zuckerberg throwing spears on their 2021 bingo card?’

They followed up by saying, ‘Someone might not be taking the WWDC event well…’

Rob Toole noted that Zuckerberg’s throw might be less impressive considering the distance didn’t appear to be too far.

‘Nice throw but he looked about 5 feet away from the target. #justsayin,’ Toole tweeted.

‘The spear is the “allow app to track” pop-up on iOS, the target is my privacy, Mark Zuckerberg is Mark Zuckerberg,’ another user said.

Brenda Haines pointed out the lack of use of the ear protectors, saying, ‘Someone better tell him that they aren’t guns. No need for the ear protection.’

Others chose to imagine what Zuckerberg’s motive in the videos were – or who he might’ve been dreaming of on the other end of his spear.

‘Practicing for the next time he sees Tim Cook,’ said one user.

Dan Watters said: ‘Maybe he’s training to become our Batman and help SF retake our city back from the criminal elements?’

Austin Boblin asked, ‘How long before someone superimposes Trump on that target?’

The videos were posted the same week as Apple’s annual conference, where the war between Cook and Zuckerberg appears to be escalating.

On Monday, Zuckerberg called out Apple by name, saying, ‘To help more creators make a living on our platforms, we’re going to keep paid online events, fan subscriptions, badges, and our upcoming independent news products free for creators until 2023. And when we do introduce a revenue share, it will be less than the 30% that Apple and others take.’

The swipe relates to a federal court case brought by Epic Games after Apple removed Fortnite from its app store last year when the video game maker added its own in-app payment system to avoid having to pay the iPhone maker a 30 percent commission.

The trial centers on two Apple practices that have become cornerstones of its business: Apple’s requirement that virtually all third-party software for iPhones be distributed through its app store, and the requirement that developers use Apple’s in-app purchase system, which charges commissions of between 15-30 percent. 

Mark Zuckerberg has been feuding publicly with Apple CEO Tim Cook recently

Mark Zuckerberg has been feuding publicly with Apple CEO Tim Cook recently

Tim Cook defended Apple's latest privacy update in February, saying it's necessary because people are being 'surveilled' online by the apps they use

Tim Cook defended Apple’s latest privacy update in February, saying it’s necessary because people are being ‘surveilled’ online by the apps they use

Meanwhile, Tim Cook defended Apple’s latest privacy update in February, saying it’s necessary because people are being ‘surveilled’ online by the apps they use – even as companies including Facebook said the new rules could seriously harm their businesses.

The new update, part of the iOS14 operating system, asks users to approve ‘tracking’ for each app they download. Such tracking allows apps, like Facebook, to deliver targeted advertisements.

Those ads in large part pay the bills for Facebook and other app makers, publishers and small businesses. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and others say Apple’s moves are self-serving and will help cement its dominance in the mobile space, while hammering their profits.  

Facebook argues that while the update will hurt its business, it could destroy that of smaller online retailers who rely on personalized ads to find customers.

And Zuckerberg said that the new update will drive people away from Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp, which it also owns, and towards Apple’s iMessage, which is built-in on all of its products. He has called the move ‘self-serving’ and claimed it will harm not only Facebook but small businesses, too.

Around the same time, Cook claimed that Facebook’s tracking that allows for personalized ads can also cause real-world violence.

Cook said ‘the tools that are being used to develop a 360-degree view of people’s lives are the same tools that are used to target them to form extremist groups, or to organize to ransack the Capitol, or whatever the situation may be.’

He added in the GQ interview: ‘These are not separate kinds of things. They’re the same thing. They’re manipulating people’s behavior.’

Pictured: Apple CEO Tim Cook

Zuckerberg said that the new update will drive people away from Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp

Zuckerberg said that the new update will drive people away from Facebook Messenger

Zuckerberg was the recipient of some verbal spears after his active weekend, courtesy of former president Donald Trump.

In a wide-ranging interview with Fox Business’ Stuart Varney on Monday morning, the ex-president lashed out at Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

The former president told Varney that Zuckerberg is a ‘dangerous’ person, just days after the social media platform imposed a minimum two-year-long suspension of his account. 

Facebook and Twitter suspended Trump’s accounts and booted him from their social media sites after the January Capitol 6 riot, which led to the former president being impeached – and acquitted – for a second time.

Trump said during his Monday morning interview that Zuckerberg used to visit him at the White House and congratulate him for being ‘number one on Facebook.’

‘You know, Zuckerberg would come to the White House to have dinner with me, couldn’t have been nicer,’ Trump said. ‘”Sir, you’re number one, congratulations, number one on Facebook.'” All of this crap. He would bring his wife.’

‘They have to be stopped and they will be stopped eventually they are going to be stopped,’ Trump said of Big Tech and social media platforms.

He called the bans ‘a danger’ to America.

Zuckerberg was actually the recipient of some verbal spears after his active weekend, courtesy of former president Donald Trump

Zuckerberg was actually the recipient of some verbal spears after his active weekend, courtesy of former president Donald Trump

Facebook and Twitter suspended Trump's accounts and booted him from their social media sites after the January Capitol 6 riot, which led to the former president being impeached

Facebook and Twitter suspended Trump’s accounts and booted him from their social media sites after the January Capitol 6 riot, which led to the former president being impeached

Ultimately the oversight board extended Facebook's ban for six months and said the company would need to decide on its own what to do with Trump's presence on their platform

Ultimately the oversight board extended Facebook’s ban for six months and said the company would need to decide on its own what to do with Trump’s presence on their platform

Twitter permanently banned Trump, while Facebook used a panel of experts to look into their policies and make a recommendation on what to do about the former president’s account.

Ultimately the oversight board extended Facebook’s ban for six months and said the company would need to decide on its own what to do with Trump’s presence on their platform.

When Varney asked Trump why he thinks he was stripped of his social media platforms, Trump said: ‘Because my voice is very strong and my voice is very powerful,’ and claimed Facebook doesn’t want to hear his ‘sane voice.’

‘We don’t have free speech anymore, and who are they to tell us what ideology we should be talking about, what politics we should be talking about. They are a disgrace.’

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