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Internet erupts over Mark Zuckerberg’s 4th of July video

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Sunday shared a dramatic Fourth of July video of himself toting an American flag while riding an electric surfboard across a lake — once again lighting the internet up as the social media crowd chimed in.

“Happy July 4th!” Zuckerberg, who’s worth an estimated $132 billion, wrote on the Instagram post of the video.

The Facebook founder appeared to be riding a $12,000 Efoil board, which allows users to glide above the water. Last year, Zuckerberg was pictured riding a similar board, caked in an obscene amount of sunscreen, off the coast of Hawaii.

In the video posted Sunday, the mega-billionaire deftly slices through the water on his board to the tune of John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”

“This is the worst thing that has ever existed,” one Twitter user commented on the video.

Fellow tech exec Aaron Levie, founder and CEO of enterprise cloud company Box, jousted, “Zuck really doing his part to make tech founders seem normal.”

But the video also drew comparisons to George Washington’s daring crossing of the Delaware River in 1776 to launch a surprise attack on unsuspecting British forces.

Meanwhile, a reporter for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation shared a photo of the video alongside a 2016 photo of Zuckerberg going for a jog in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
One user called Mark Zuckerberg’s Independence Day post “the worst thing that has ever existed.”
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“What a difference 5 years can make,” he wrote.

Zuckerberg’s 2016 jog through Beijing, despite hazardous levels of air pollution in the city at the time, was seen as a capitulation to the Chinese government in a bid to secure permission for Facebook to operate in the country.

In another comment on Zuckerberg’s Fourth of July video, one user said, “When you get your antitrust lawsuit thrown about by a judge. Let’s GOOOOO Zuck.”

That’s an apparent reference to last week’s decision by a federal judge to dismiss antitrust complaints filed by the US Federal Trade Commission and a parallel suit filed by a coalition of 48 states and districts against Facebook.

Some social media users also resurfaced a May article from The Information that said Facebook planned to repair its image by ramping up the founder’s own media profile.

Some pointed out the video may just be an effort to get a reaction from the internet and serve as easy publicity.

“Zuck tries to improve his public image by the only means possible. To out-do Fonzie jumping the shark,” wrote @frazer_haden.