Facebook Just Spent 8 Figures….on a “Fence”
File this one under the painful irony department!
Facebook and it’s bleeding-heart founder ultra-lib Mark Zuckerberg have been notoriously opposed to President Trump’s border wall.
Like all good liberals, they want “open borders”. No walls. No immigration controls. No national lines, no national borders. No national sovereignty.
But it’s real funny what happens to liberals when it gets personal. Suddenly, they want walls. They want security. And lots of it!
Last year, it was reported that Zuckerberg was building a huge wall around his home in Kauai. Here’s are the details, from CNN Money:
Walls are tricky, divisive things. Just ask Mark Zuckerberg.
He’s building a 6-foot wall around his property in Hawaii, and some neighbors are not happy about it.
One of them told The Garden Island, a local paper on the island of Kauai, that it feels “really oppressive.” Another called it a “monstrosity.”
“It just doesn’t fit in with the natural beauty that we have here,” Donna Mcmillen told the paper.
The wall is near a main road that provides access to Zuckerberg’s approximately 700-acre piece of land on the northeast coast of the island. He bought the land in 2014 for about $100 million. It’s unclear how long the wall will be, but it will connect to an existing, shorter wall on one of his properties.
Mark Zuckerberg is bulding this 6-foot wall around his property in Hawaii.
Residents complain that it blocks ocean views and breezes — and that it sets an unfriendly tone for the neighborhood.
“It feels to me like, ‘This is my property and you don’t have any rights to see it.’ It’s that negative kind of view and that doesn’t feel neighborly,” Maria Maitino told the paper.
And now history is repeating itself. Facebook is building a wall of its own around its new data center in Des Moines, IA.
I love how the newspaper article refers to it as a “fence”. Way to go Des Moines Register, you’re not fooling anyone! I’ve never seen a $10 Million fence before!
Here are the details, from the Des Moines Register:
Facebook is sparing no expense when it comes to protecting the millions — or more likely billions — of users’ photos and bits of personal information stored on the massive computer servers inside the company’s $1.5 billion data center in Altoona.
The social media giant is building a $10 million fence around its 2.5 million-square-foot facility along Interstate Highway 35-80 in the Des Moines suburb.
That’s an expensive fence. It’s roughly the same price as the Grand Avenue bridgebeing build downtown or the cost to refurbish the Iowa Capitol’s gold dome.
Once finished, Facebook’s steel and concrete barrier will be the first line of defense against saboteurs, wayward cars, and anything or anyone else aiming to access or damage users’ private data.
“It’s industry standard to have fencing around a data center for protection,” said Brice Towns, the site manager at Facebook’s Altoona site. “For example, a fence can help keep people or vehicles out that may want to damage a building.”
The fence will surround three existing data center buildings and a fourth now being constructed.
“It will be a substantial fence that will serve as both security and decoration,” said Chad Quick, an Altoona city planner. “It will vary in height and materials, and when they get it done it will be a fairly secure fence.”
The top of the fence will mimic a shepherd’s hook, deterring anyone from trying to scale it, Quick said. “The way it’s shaped, it’s not climbable,” he said. “I have never seen anything like it before.”
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While the fence will be the data center’s most visible security measure, it’s far from the only one. Inside are layers of locked doors, cameras and alarms.
“It’s critical to have that kind of security considering the kind of information we are trusting Facebook with,” said Fahmida Rashid, a technology security writer for CSO Online. “They want to make sure there are protections against malicious, mischievous sabotage.”
Hey, I guess walls do serve a purpose, huh?
What do you think?