San Francisco officials passed a resolution on Tuesday evening condemning the appointment of a local hospital after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Dr Priscilla Chan.
San Francisco General Hospital was renamed Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital in 2015 after the couple donated $ 75 million to help fund a new treatment center. However, local authorities have increasingly criticized the name change in recent years, as Facebook faces a close review of its business practices and approach to user data privacy.
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The San Francisco Supervisory Board voted 10 to 1 in favor of the resolution. The vote was non-binding and the hospital will not be required to reverse the name change.
“The public is increasingly outraged that this important public health institution has been named and that the naming rights have been sold to the highest bidder and to someone as controversial as Mr Zuckerberg and Facebook,” said Supervisor Gordon Mar on the resolution.
The full board of directors voted on the resolution after a referral to the three-person government audit and control committee. Chairman of the board Norman Yee was the only member to vote against the resolution, but said he would support efforts to reverse the name change.
San Francisco General Hospital Foundation CEO Kim Meredith said the Zuckerbergs’ donation helped fund necessary equipment upgrades at the facility.
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“We are proud that the hospital now bears their names and disappointed at the attempts to condemn it – especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, when the impact of their donation has never been greater,” Meredith said in a statement.
The current naming rights agreement runs for 50 years.
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Facebook is the subject of several ongoing antitrust lawsuits. A bipartisan coalition of 48 state attorneys general filed a lawsuit earlier this month, accusing the social media giant of establishing an “illegal monopoly” through anti-competitive business practices.
In a separate lawsuit, the Federal Trade Commission filed an action to reverse Facebook’s acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp. Facebook is headquartered in Menlo Park, California.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.