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Mark Zuckerberg has been pictured riding his $12,000 electric surfboard in Hawaii with lashings of sunscreen plastered on his face and wearing a blue hoodie to protect against the rays.   

The Facebook chief, 36, appeared to take extreme precautions against any sun damage during the beach outing Saturday. 

His trip comes three weeks after locals on the island of Kauai called on the tech billionaire to stop colonizing the land, claiming he is suing natives in order to build a mansion on their land. The Change.org campaign was launched three weeks ago and has since garnered more than 800,000 signatures.

But Zuckerberg appeared not to let the outrage bother him as he moved around on the electric Efoil board next to pro surfer Kai Lenny, who went shirtless and without visible sunscreen for the day out. His security followed behind in close proximity on a boat, pictures show. 

The billionaire’s safety first summer look sparked a wave of memes across the internet by Twitter users who dubbed him the ‘mime surfer’ and suggested he had been taking fashion tips from the Joker, Mrs Doubtfire, a moon and even a lizard.

Journalist Kevin Fallon wrote: ‘An exclusive photo of my sleep paralysis demon.’ 

The Facebook CEO took extreme precautions against any sun damage during the beach outing Saturday

The Facebook CEO took extreme precautions against any sun damage during the beach outing Saturday

His trip comes three weeks after locals on the island of Kauai called on the tech billionaire to stop colonizing the land, claiming he is suing natives in order to build a mansion on their land

The Change.org campaign was launched three weeks ago and has since garnered more than 800,000 signatures

His trip comes three weeks after locals on the island of Kauai called on the tech billionaire to stop colonizing the land, claiming he is suing natives in order to build a mansion on their land. The Change.org campaign was launched three weeks ago and has since garnered more than 800,000 signatures

But Zuckerberg appeared not to let the outrage bother him as he moved around on the electric Efoil board

But Zuckerberg appeared not to let the outrage bother him as he moved around on the electric Efoil board

Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan acquired a 700-plus acre property for $200million in Kauai back in 2014

Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan acquired a 700-plus acre property for $200million in Kauai back in 2014

Zuckerberg's security followed behind in close proximity on a boat, pictures show

Zuckerberg’s security followed behind in close proximity on a boat, pictures show 

Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan acquired a 700-plus acre property for $200million in Kauai back in 2014. 

Petition organizers have accused the billionaire – ‘the sixth richest man in the world’ – of trying to boot locals off the land to make room for his vacation home.  

Reps for Zuckerberg have responded to the campaign saying the ‘premise of the petition is false.’  

After pictures of his over zealous sun screen application went viral several people compared the tech billionaire to various incarnations of Batman’s Joker. Journalist Kevin Fallon wrote: ‘An exclusive photo of my sleep paralysis demon.’ 

Sana Saeed shared a collection of pictures of Zuckerberg over the years, writing: ‘google photos of mark zuckerberg over the years and you can see the human leave his body year by year.’

Another user simply compared him to the moon from British comedy The Mighty Boosh. Bill Williamsoon photo-shopped a snake’s tongue onto the image, adding: ‘Mark Zuckerberg goes sssssurfing.’

Sean Scheidt wrote: ‘I can’t get over what Zuckerberg looks like without his human make up on his face.’ 

Zuckerberg said in an interview published Monday he has ‘no deal of any kind’ with President Donald Trump on content moderation on the social media giant. In an interview with Axios, he rejected the ‘speculation’ that Facebook had an arrangement that gives the president free rein on the platform.

‘Let me be clear: There’s no deal of any kind,’ Zuckerberg told the news site. ‘Actually, the whole idea of a deal is pretty ridiculous.’

The comments come with Facebook under intense pressure, and a growing boycott from advertisers, to curb hateful content that may promote violence, including from Trump.

Facebook’s longstanding policy has been to steer clear of fact-checking political speech but it did take down an ad from the Trump campaign that included a symbol used in Nazi Germany.

‘There are a lot of people who’ve said that maybe we’re too sympathetic or too close in some way to the Trump administration,’ Zuckerberg said.

The billionaire Facebook founder looked quite the expert aboard the $12,000 electric hydrofoil, which gives the sensation of flying over water

The billionaire Facebook founder looked quite the expert aboard the $12,000 electric hydrofoil, which gives the sensation of flying over water

He was closely followed by his security detail and professional surfer Kai Lenny

He was closely followed by his security detail and professional surfer Kai Lenny

Facebook is under intense pressure, and a growing boycott from advertisers, to curb hateful content that may promote violence, including from Trump

But Zuckerberg did not seem to let the pressure get to him during his beach outing

Facebook is under intense pressure, and a growing boycott from advertisers, to curb hateful content that may promote violence, including from Trump. But Zuckerberg did not seem to let the pressure get to him during his beach outing 

Zuckerberg said in an interview published Monday he has 'no deal of any kind' with President Donald Trump on content moderation on the social media giant. In an interview with Axios, he rejected the 'speculation' that Facebook had an arrangement that gives the president free rein on the platform.

Zuckerberg said in an interview published Monday he has ‘no deal of any kind’ with President Donald Trump on content moderation on the social media giant. In an interview with Axios, he rejected the ‘speculation’ that Facebook had an arrangement that gives the president free rein on the platform.

Pro surfer Kai Lenny went shirtless and without visible sunscreen for the day out

Pro surfer Kai Lenny went shirtless and without visible sunscreen for the day out

Zuckerberg surfs on his electric board as his security detail keep a close eye on him

Zuckerberg surfs on his electric board as his security detail keep a close eye on him 

He noted that despite his discussions with Trump, Facebook has had a number of conflicts with the current administration including attacks on Section 230, which gives online services a liability shield from content posted by third parties.

‘Under this administration, we’ve faced record fines of $5 billion, are under antitrust investigation by multiple agencies, and have been targeted by an executive order to strip protections in Section 230,’ he said.

He added that ‘I do speak with the president from time to time, just like I spoke with our last president and political leaders around the world.’

Zuckerberg said he accepted an invitation to a private White House dinner with Trump ‘because I was in town and he is the president of the United States.’

He pointed out that ‘I also had multiple meals and meetings with President Obama … both at the White House and outside, including hosting an event for him at Facebook HQ.’  

The billionaire's summer look sparked a wave of memes across the internet by Twitter users who dubbed him the 'mime surfer' and suggested he had been taking fashion tips from the Joker, Mrs Doubtfire, a moon and even a lizard

The billionaire’s summer look sparked a wave of memes across the internet by Twitter users who dubbed him the ‘mime surfer’ and suggested he had been taking fashion tips from the Joker, Mrs Doubtfire, a moon and even a lizard

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