Wall Street finally taught Zuckerberg the lesson he deserved


This week Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg finally got the whack across the nose that many had hoped Congress would give him back in April.
The social media giant’s stock price took a spectacular nose dive Thursday after the company forecast a slowdown in the rate of new user signups. Analysts reckon Facebook’s limp response to the European Union’s recently enacted digital privacy laws also soured investors on its near-term financial future.
While Zuckerberg spent the first half of 2018 listening to but not really hearing complaints about how Facebook mishandles user data, it’s a good bet he’s listening now. All told, Thursday’s trading vaporized $119 billion of the Menlo Park, Calif., company’s market value. That’s roughly the equivalent of the gross domestic product of Kuwait.
Public patience with Zuckerberg’s often unconvincing — and at times duplicitous — statements about the heroic lengths Facebook goes to to protect user data appears to have come to an end. A rolling tide of revelations this year about persistent privacy breaches has eviscerated Facebook’s credibility on the issue. People have been logging off in droves.
Facebook has long claimed that its mission is to develop social infrastructure and — *gag* — build community. That no longer passes the giggle test. What they really want to do is follow people around the internet, collect and organize what they learn and sell that information to the highest bidder.
To the three people who don’t realize it already: Facebook doesn’t think of you as the customer; they think of you as the product.
Congress raked Zuckerberg across the coals this spring. It made for satisfying viewing but ultimately came to nothing. No one in Washington appears up to the task of regulating America’s favorite time-waster.
Now the market has done what government failed to do — discipline Facebook for its bad behavior. It was the largest one-day stock drop ever and the most epic price correction in the history of Silicon Valley, an industry that knows a thing or two about making investors’ money disappear.
Facebook is far from the only tech company with delusions of grandeur.
Zuckerberg himself took a $15.4 billion hit to his net worth. The general attitude seems to be that he had it coming. Somebody, somewhere, had to cut the hoodie-clad 34-year-old down to size.
Like all the digital economy’s most respected entrepreneurs, Zuckerberg never had much time for questions about his motivations or intentions. From the beginning he cultivated a rules-don’t-apply-to-us culture. Whether it was the sudden, unannounced changes to the site’s layout or the frequent sneaky tweaks to your privacy settings, Facebook seemed to have a policy of ignoring all criticism and plowing ahead. Their motto said it all: Move fast and break things.
The Facebook crew was smarter than the crowd. They were more productive and could see further. They could imagine a future that most people weren’t creative enough to conjure or sharp enough to engineer. Speed was an invaluable asset and destruction the price of progress. Whether the public bought into their particular vision of the future was of no concern.
Facebook is far from the only tech company with delusions of grandeur. “We don’t believe in limits,” Apple CEO Tim Cook is fond of saying. “Apple has made products for years that people didn’t know they wanted and now they can’t live without.” That’s certainly true, and impressive, but you don’t need an MBA to see how an industry with that attitude could end up a little too convinced of its own invulnerability.
The Silicon Valley success narrative is as familiar to us now as a Greek myth. The hero, also known as the founder, goes off into the wilderness to meet his destiny. Everyone tells him the task he has set for himself is unachievable — it can’t be done. He does it anyway and is rewarded with glory and wealth beyond imagining.
Proving the cynics wrong is an integral part of the tech visionary’s hero journey. But the Greeks knew what the Silicon Valley founder cult apparently hasn’t considered — pride goeth before the fall. The road runs out for everyone.
“Move fast and break things” worked for a long time. It stopped working Thursday.
Facebook’s comeuppance is often what befalls companies that perceive their mission to be more grandiose than simply delivering a great product at a fair price.
As the economist Milton Friedman said, “A corporation’s social responsibility is to make as much money as possible while conforming to the basic rules of the society, both those embodied in law and those embodied in ethical custom.”
Maybe Mark Zuckerberg should make that Facebook’s new motto.
Matthew Hennessey is an associate editorial features editor at the Wall Street Journal. His book “ Zero Hour for Gen X: How the Last Adult Generation Can Save America from Millennials” (Encounter Books) is out Aug. 14.

Court Order RUNTOWN To Appear In Court Or Go To PRISON

  • maxresdefault.jpgAn Abuja High Court has fixed 8th August, 2018 for Runtown to appear and give reasons why he should not be sent to prison for disobeying Court Injunction made on 10th May, 2018.

This was revealed by a statement released by Eric Many.
It reads;
“Recall that we served a Contempt Warning from Court on Runtown on 4th July, 2018 after he defied Court Order and released a song. Rather than heed the Contempt Warning and retrace his steps, he issued a Press Release in which he argued that the Injunction had expired. The Injunction was to stop things until the hearing of our Motion seeking to freeze activities until a decision on his status (whether he had discharged his obligations to us or not) is taken. It barred him from performing or releasing songs for the time being’.
The statement went on to add that, ‘the legal advice we received was that Runtown was wrong in his interpretation of the Rules of Court he relied on since he was already served with our Motion and was represented in Court on 31st May, 2018 when the Court adjourned to 27th September, 2018 to hear the Motion and the one filed by Runtown himself! To turn around after that day to proceed to do what the Order barred him from doing, and what the Motion served on him (adjourned in his presence) seeks to stop, is unjustifiable under the 7-Days Rule he relied upon. That could probably apply to a person against whom an interim injunction was obtained without more’.
‘Based on this, we have done two things: One, we have obtained a ‘FORM 49’ against him to explain why he should not be sent to prison, especially when he continued to publicize fixtures for shows in Canada, Namibia, Europe etc and threaten to release more songs, both actions in defiance of the Court Order. The application (now fixed for 8th August) has been served on him  as ordered by the Court. Two, since we will not allow him to continue to mock the Court Order we have applied and obtained a new Injunction to stop his actions to protect the Contempt Case. The new injunction bars him from his threatened defiant actions in Canada, Namibia, Europe etc. We believe the new Injunction has not also ‘expired’ and hope he respects the Court this time.
Please bear in mind that our main case in Court boils down to whether Runtown has discharged his monetary obligations to us and delivered one Album to us as spelt out in our Contract. He has responded, so it will be good to allow the Court to decide what each party filed. Let both sides apply restraint. As we always say, Ericmany Limited will continue to follow the judicial process. We have confidence in the Rule of Law and will continue to patiently follow the due process until the wrong done to us by Runtown after our heavy investment on him is redressed”.

It has come to the public notice that Reekado Banks and Kizz Daniel Beef Is Not Just About ‘Selense’

reekadoThe Kizz Daniel – Reekado Banks rivalry and the “Selense” song is perhaps the industry’s biggest irony today. Two artists of comparable stature were invited to collaborate on a song that involves blowing-whistle on industry scandals, beefs and gossips; and the two invitees ended up starting a beef story for other gossips, like you and I, to talk about.

According to Mr Songz, Kizz Daniel refused to work with Reekado Banks, causing a change of plans in the “Selense” project. Through his manager, he said, “The original version of the song was with Reekado Banks and Kizz Daniel but at a point, Daniel said he didn’t want to star in the video because Reekado would be on it.”

This story became a curtain lifter on the bad chemistry between two of the country’s finest music acts. While Reekado Banks continues to play pretence about the non-existence of the topic of his beef with Kizz Daniel; his rumoured rival claimed in a mail that he has nothing against Reekado Banks. The mail from Kizz Daniel’s camp read; “Kizz Daniel has nothing against Reekado Banks. That’s all we can say.”

The reaction from both artists has left an open field for free flow of speculations and assumptions. Some section of the fans assumed that the rivalry is a result of collusion of egos. Some others think that the animosity has been there since the incident of the 2015 Headies Awards where Reekado Banks won the Next Rated Award, even though the likes of Kizz Daniel and Lil Kesh were believed to be favourites.


Since his profile as a singer started to soar, Reekado Banks has been in the news for braggadocios statements and exaggerated claims that did not sit well with a lot of fans. During his “Thank You Concert” in Ibadan around the tail end of last year, Reekado Banks, in reference to Lil Kesh, said; “ the person wey you think say better pass me, I better pass him papa.” This statement cost him some amount of his goodwill and a lot of fans saw him as more of a talker than a doer. His egoistic persona would return to the centre of public discourse when he shared a video of himself in the studio with Tee-Y mix and bragged about being levels ahead of other artists.

Kizz Daniel however is less of a disrespecter but no less a bragger. Unlike Reekado,  he does most of his bragging on songs rather than during interviews or during performances. Reoccuringly, he sings in braggadocios tone; about being the one making “actual” music, being the best in the game and about his reign. He did this particularly on his collaboration with DJ Spinall titled “Baba”.

Much earlier in his career, Kizz had a reputation for being a “double faced act”, who appears as a sweet young man to fans but portrays a different character behind the curtain. This talk stemmed from his style of not collaborating with artists outside his then label, G-worldwide Entertainment. The situation was later blamed on the label, especially after the disagreement between the singer and the label became public; and fans got to learn more about the stringent terms he worked under at the label. While G-Worldwide was seen as the devil, Kizz Daniel’s reputation has not fully recovered.

2015 Headies Next Rated Beef

The incident at the 2015 Headies Next Awards is also suspected to be the origin of the animosity between Reekado Banks and Kizz Daniel. Reekado Banks, Kizz Daniel, Lil Kesh, Cynthian Morgan and Korede Bello were in the running for the award but the three of the nominees seemed to have their shoulder above the rest. Reekado had his signature all over one of the biggest hit songs at the time titled “Dorobucci.” He also had a fine single titled “Katapot”, giving him a good claim to the prize. Kizz Daniel had “Woju” and “Laye” which would have effortlessly earned him the award in another Headies edition. Lil Kesh had serial hits like “Shoki”, “Gbese” and “Efejoku”; which was unprecedented for a new comer.

The race later became a two-horse race, between Reeky and Kesh; and the Mavin Records act finally took home the prize, forcing a disapproving reaction from a lot of people including Olamide. Kizz Daniel might not have been in the final picture but he certainly wasn’t pleased to have lost the award. The two singers have since kept a distance apart.

For a while the comparison was between Reekado Banks and Lil Kesh but in recent times, Kizz Daniel seems to have outpaced both artistes, leaving only Reekado Banks is close distance. Although Kizz maintains he has no issue with Mr. Banks, their history of contention could be the reason for his refusal to collaborate with Reekado on Harrysong’s song.

The tongue-tied approach of both artistes to the topic of their beef would allow the rumours and speculations continue to run rife. The situation would not be helped by continued refusal by both singers to collaborate and it would likely lead to shades and subliminal stuffed in song verses. The sound of beef usually would excite fans who would be looking out for “who would come out tops in the Kizz Daniel versus Reekado Banks rivalry?” J. Cole is the man with the answers. In his words, “time would tell.”

7 Eagles Looking To Soar To Higher Heights With New Clubs

The injury prone defender made 14 league appearances for

7 Eagles Looking To Soar To Higher Heights With New Clubs

Mainz last season, and now faces a difficult task in earning a starting berth at his new club.

He will battle Lewis Dunk and Shane Duffy for a starting berth in the team.


Henry Onyekuru joined English Premier League club, Everton from Belgian outfit, Eupen last season but he is yet to kick a ball for the club.

The young forward spent last season on loan at Anderlecht where he scored nine goals in 19 league appearances for the club.

His season was however cut short following a knee injury he picked in a league game last December.
He now has a chance to get started again with Galatasaray where he will spend the 2018/2019 campaign on loan.


Oghenekaro Etebo linked up with English Premier League club, Stoke City from Portuguese outfit, CD Feirense early in the summer.

The midfielder spent the second half of last season on loan at UD Las Palmas of Spain.

He was one of the top performers for Nigeria at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.


Tyronne Ebuehi rose from the academy to earn a starting spot at Dutch side, ADO Den Haag. He also gained international recognition with Nigeria following his impressive showing for the modest club.

Portuguese giants, Benfica beat other top European teams to his signature in May.

This is no doubt a big career move for the young defender who now has the chance to prove his showing for ADO Den Haag was no fluke.


The forward made a name for himself as a youth international and is expected to break into the main Super Eagles team in future.

There were reports that he is highly rated by Liverpool who gave him a new contract last week but he will spend the season on loan at Belgian club, KAA Gent.

He made 27 league appearances and netted seven times during his loan spell with Royal Mouscron last season


The defender few weeks ago swapped Amkar Perm for another Russian team Lokomotiv Moscow. With the chance to feature in the Champions League, the Nigerian now have a bigger platform to showcase his talent and further cement a place in the Super Eagles after making the squad to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.


After an impressive showing for Austria Wien in the Austrian Bundesliga, Kayode Olanrewaju made a big move to English Premier League champions, Manchester City.

He was immediately loaned out to Spanish club, Sporting Girona where he struggled to earn a starting spot.

The loan was ended prematurely in January and he later moved to Ukrainian club, Shakhtar Donetsk where he bagged three goals and one assist in eight appearances.
The move was later made permanent after he penned a five-year contract.

Kunle Afolayan Enrolls His Son As An Apprentice At A Mechanic Workshop (Photo)

Nollywood Filmmaker and Actor, Kunle Afolayan has enrolled his son, Damisire at a mechanic workshop for the holidays as an intern.

He shared a video of the young boy working at the mechanic shop on his IG page and wrote;

“Keep them busy so they can be useful to themselves and the society at large. Darimisire doing holiday internship as an automobile mechanic. Loro kan, o nko’se mokalik #mechanic #internship”

No Beef Between Kizz Daniel & Reekado Banks, Harrysong Lied” – Kizz Daniel’s PR

“A little advice for the boy Kizz, respect my experience don’t be childish” you do not remove specks when you have logs covering your eyes, to those who have concluded this as a rant I will explain things to you, please kill sentiments and listen. Kizz Daniel and Reekado Banks are not beefing, Harry Song and his manager are the arrongant one in this – Anusiobi Franklin Kizzdaniel PR

Collaborations are not done without the consent of the parties. Kizz Daniel was not aware Reekado was on the the track “Selense” we are human, I believe in wisdom “hey Kizz whats up I have a track, I feel with you and Reekado it will be better” this is appropraite and the right thing to do, you do not request a collaboration from a brand and break terms. Despite the ignorance he was glad when he found out Reekado Banks was on the track.

Why insult? Why feel an artiste should promote a craft that doesnt represent his brand positively? that is myopic, you are respected but the quotation that started this write up isn’t necessary in that song.

Hello, music lovers the situation is Harry Song is too arrogant to appologise for the insult on the brand, Kizz is not ready to spoil his brand by promoting a craft that doesn’t speak well, Kizz Daniel and Reekado Banks are not in any beef or disagrement as potrayed by Harry Song and his manager, Kizz Daniel has nothing against Harry Song but cannot jeopardize his brand after everything that harrysong did during the process of the song being recorded

The new version with Dice Ailes and Iyanya in my opinion is unnecessary, please Kizz Daniel and Reekado Banks are not in disagreement, the statement made by Harry Song and his manager is an attempt to row this boat to the middle of the ocean and abandon it or would harrysong stand to his claim of beef that after noticing such issue of beef he couldnt pull out kizzdaniel voice from the song, well is funny how you featured an artist who didnt stress or even collect a dime from you & you still went on to insult him in same song you featured him on saying “A little advice for the boy Kizz, respect my experience don’t be childish, cause the older the wise ooh, the stronger the wise ooh, so humble your self you just they start” MEnh who those that and you also expect reekado banks to promote such work also on his ig & other platform, i wouldnt want to disgrace harrysong by saying all his mistake because of our 9years friendship but he should respect his self and do the needfull than trying to put conflicts btw kizz & Reeky.

Thank you for being my audience.

NFF Crisis: Buhari Has Saved Nigeria From Embarrassment, Says Pinnick

As SSS chase Giwa out of NFF State Security Service agents Monday ejected the Nigeria Football Federation Chris Giwa faction from the Glasshouse headquarters of the NFF, following directives from President Muhamadu Buhari.

Pinnick and Giwa And an embattled Amaju Pinnick who was briefly banished by a Supreme court order enforced by Sports Minister Solomon Dalung was full of praise for the President for his good judgment and foresight, which prevented the country from being sanctioned by the world soccer governing body FIFA. “We must give all the credit to our President, Muhammadu Buhari, for acting to restore the leadership of the federation and saving the nation the embarrassment,” Pinnick said.

“Even as the situation persisted, I was very positive about his patriotic commitment to the best interest of the nation and his clarity of judgment to bring order to bear. “It is said that the sheep cannot be suffering the pangs of birth tied to the stake while elders are around.

He has demonstrated this fatherliness in so many ways across various sectors and now football is the latest beneficiary. We thank God for his life and for giving him to us.

“By his intervention, the nation has been saved the embarrassment, the world football community has been reassured of the high sense of responsibility of the government of Nigeria as a member of the international community and hope is brought back to thousands of Nigeria youths engaged in football as the various national teams can proceed on their various programmes without apprehension, the various leagues which were stopped under the circumstance can now get back to action while the confidence of the various sponsors, partners and investors in Nigeria football has been restored.”

He urged Nigerian football stakeholders to embrace peace and work for the overall progress of the country’s football and youths. “Football is about people, about unity. The game belongs to the fans and the pride belongs to the nation. The people are deprived when football is inhibited but with the action of the President, Nigerians can now enjoy what they love most.”

Source:- Vanguardngr

Charly Boy Becomes A Gay Rights Activist

Charly boy has become an activist for gay rights.

He took to his Instagram page earlier today to voice his views on gay rights, and this is coming days after his own daughter came out as a lesbian. He wrote;

“All that I have done for over
50yrs of my life is to root for
the underdogs.
I turned my back on my
goldplated pedigree and wondered
into the unknown.

I discovered that victory is a million
times sweeter as an underdog.
Oh!!!!! Yes.

My life has been one Big fight,
against bad habits, poverty,
hopelessness and principalities.
But I never backed down.

I battled for the rights of the Okada’s
to make a living.
I battled for the rights, respect and the
big money for the Nigerian Musician,
spent weeks in the police cell, as a pman president.
Today, thank God they have a better life.
Now am the President of Frustrated Nigerians.
I am battling with my comrades to stop the
senseless killings of Nigerians.
The oppression of Inocent Nigerians and
the weaponisation of hunger.

Many battles too many to mention.
I have been beaten black and blue by
the military, police, security agents, been teargassed,
shot at, stoned and most time misunderstood
even by the people I fight for.

No big deal because I never back down.
Now I reactivate my fight in defence of the LGBT community.🌈
You know something?
Openness may not completely disarm prejudice
but is a good place to start.
I am hoping that my support will be a
show of strength to the Nigerian LGBT 🌈community.
Because seriously speaking

To each his own.”

Davido Congratulates Ademola Adeleke On Winning Osun PDP Primaries

DMW boss, Davido has congratulated his uncle and B’red’s father on winning the PDP Gubernatorial primarieds in Ondo state.

Senator Ademola Adeleke who has been represemtung Osun State since 2017 was announced winner of the Ondo State PDP gubernatorial primaries earlier today.

David wrote on Instagram:-

“Congratulations to Senator Ademola Adeleke on Winning the PDP GUBERNATORIAL PRIMARIES!! , the incoming Governor of Osun State @senatoradeleke ! Love you Uncle! Let’s make Osun great Again!”

Kizz Daniel Refused To Work With Reekado Banks On ‘Selense’ – Harrysong

When popular Nigerian singer Harrison released another version of his hit track, Selense, so many people wondered why he did that.

He however opened up in a new chat with Sunday Scoop that it was because of the feud between Reekado Banks and Kizz Daniel, whom he featured in the first version.

Harrysong then went ahead to release the new version featuring Iyanya and Dice Ailes, and stopped the promotion of the original version which featured Kizz Daniel and Reekado Banks.

Contrary to certain reports, Harrysong said he didn’t take offence with Kizz Daniel’s claim that he was the biggest artiste in the country.

According to the Reggae Blues singer, he was upset because Kizz Daniel refused to work on any song with Reekado Banks.

Speaking through his manager, Desmond Ike, Harrysong said:

“It wasn’t about what Kizz Daniel said on the song; there is nothing out of place about it. When you do something with people and they don’t make it easy for you, you have to look for a way to sort yourself out.

Harrysong originally did the song with Reekado Banks and Kizz Daniel but at a point, Daniel said he didn’t want to star in the video because Reekado would be in it. He said he didn’t want to have anything to do with Reekado.

We tried to sort out the issue between both of them so that we could shoot the video but Daniel refused vehemently; he didn’t want any reconciliation. Because of that, we decided to do another version of the song with Iyanya and Dice Ailes. Kizz Daniel was just being arrogant about the whole thing and behaving like he is a demigod.”

Maintaining that Harrysong’s camp was unaware of the source of the bad blood between Reekado and Kizz, Desmond stated,

“We don’t really know the issue between them but it must be a long-standing feud. He said he didn’t want to be on any song that Reekado was featured on. He refused all our entreaties.”

On whether Kizz Daniel wasn’t aware that Reekado Banks was featured on the song when he recorded his verse, Ike said,

“They recorded their verses separately. The moment he realised that Banks was on the song was when he started saying he didn’t want to be a part of it anymore. We initially thought it was something we could resolve amicably as friends in the industry but Daniel insisted that he didn’t want to be part of it.

He frustrated every move to reconcile them. Kizz Daniel even made the song to be pulled from iTunes, claiming that he did not give his consent for his voice to be used; that was how far he went. We had no choice but to look for a way out.”

Ike said the performance of the song had shown that no one should think too highly of himself or herself.

“Right now, the song is doing very well on the charts. That shows that no one is indispensable. Everybody likes the new version. We have done all we were supposed to do and we have moved on. We cannot beg Daniel because Harrysong is bigger than all that,” he added.

Emily Ratajkowski Puts a Sexy Spin on the White Button-Up

ESC: Emily Ratajkowski, White Button Down

Whether it’s to regale in summer fun or prepping for back to school, you need a white button-up.

It’s a wardrobe essential, after all. But if you think the Oxford shirt is only meant for the boardroom, think again. It’s a must-have even in the most fashion-forward star’s wardrobe arsenal. Sure, you could keep it simple with a pair of jeans, like sophisticated style savants like Jenner Garner, Jennifer Aniston and Gwyneth Paltrow like to do. Or you could take a page out of Emily Ratajkowski‘s book and turn up the sultry factor. Want to look business causal but not boring? Laura Harrier has style tips for you.

Kovacic asks to leave Real Madrid

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Mateo Kovacic has asked to leave Real Madrid, Marca reports.

The Spanish outlet claims the midfielder met with new boss Julen Lopetegui for the first time and requested that he be able to find a new club.

It is said that the coach tried to convince Kovacic to stay, but the player himself is convinced that the best thing for his career is to move away from the Santiago Bernabeu.

Golovin could open Barca’s path to Willian


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Chelsea may be open to selling Willian to Barcelona if they secure Aleksandr Golovin as his replacement, Mundo Deportivo reports.

It is claimed that Barcelona have submitted several bids for the Brazilian, all of which have been rebuffed thus far this summer.

Should Chelsea land Russian World Cup star Golovin, however, the Liga champions may find the Blues more open to negotiations over Willian’s future.

Transfer news & rumours LIVE: Chelsea working on Martial deal

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Chelsea are working on a deal to sign Anthony Martial from Manchester United, per The Times.

With Eden Hazard desperate to leave the club to join Real Madrid, the Blues are on the hunt for a replacement and are keen on Martial, who has also expressed a desire to depart his current club.

United value Martial at €100 million (£89m/$117m) and Bayern Munich are also interested, but Chelsea believe they can secure him for a cheaper fee.

Ozil blasts media & sponsors in second Erdogan statement

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The Germany international first made it clear that he was paying homage to his roots, and has now moved to denounce the press and unfaithful partners.

Mesut Ozil has released a second statement in response to the criticism both he and Ilkay Gundogan received in the wake of meeting with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the Arsenal player this time taking aim at the German media and disloyal sponsors.

Ozil released the first piece of a three-part statement on Sunday morning, stating from the outset that there was no political agenda involved and that he was merely paying respect to the political office of the country of his ancestors.

The 29-year-old has now released a second statement, in which the midfielder blasts the hypocrisy of the German media and slammed several of his sponsors for pulling him from promotions and events.

The statement reads:

“I know that I am a footballer who has played in arguably the three toughest leagues in the world. I’ve been fortunate to receive great support from my teammates and coaching staff while playing in the Bundesliga, La Liga and the Premier League. And in addition, throughout my career, I’ve learnt to deal with the media.

“A lot of people talk about my performances – many applaud and many criticise. If a newspaper or pundit finds fault in a game I play in, then I can accept this – I’m not a perfect footballer and this often motivates me to work and train harder. But what I can’t accept are German media outlets repeatedly blaming my dual-heritage and a simple picture for a bad World Cup on behalf of an entire squad.

“Certain German newspapers are using my background and photo with President Erdogan as right-wing propaganda to further their political cause. Why else did they use pictures and headlines with my name as a direct explanation for defeat in Russia? They didn’t criticise my performances, they didn’t criticise the team’s performances, they just criticised my Turkish ancestry and respect for my upbringing. This crosses a personal line that should never be crossed, as newspapers try to turn the nation of Germany against me.

“What I also find disappointing are the double standards that the media has. Lothar Matthaus (an honorary German national team captain) met with another world leader a few days back, and received almost no media criticism. Despite his role with the DFB (German national team), they have not asked him to publicly explain his actions and he continues to represent the players of Germany without any reprimand. If the media felt that I should have been left out of the World Cup squad, then surely he should be stripped of his honorary captaincy? Does my Turkish heritage make me a more worthy target?

“I’ve always thought that a ‘partnership’ infers support, both in the good times and also during tougher situations. Recently, I planned to visit my former school in Berger-Feld in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, along with two of my charitable partners. I funded a project for one year where immigrant children, children from poor families and any other children can play football together and learn social rules for life. However, days before we were schedule to go, I was abandoned by my so-called ‘partners’, who no longer wanted to work with me at this time. To add to this, the school told my management that they no longer wanted me to be there at this time, as they ‘feared the media’ due to my picture with President Erdogan, especially with the ‘right-wing party in Gelsenkirchen on the rise’. In all honesty, this really hurt. Despite being a student of their back when I was younger, I was made to feel unworthy of their time.

“In addition to this, I was renounced by another partner. As they are also a sponsor of the DFB, I was asked to take part in promotional videos for the World Cup. Yet after my picture with President Erdogan, they took me out of the campaigns and cancelled all promotional activities that were scheduled. For them, it was no longer good to be seen with me and called the situation ‘crisis management’. This is all ironic because a German Ministry declared their products to have illegal and unauthorized software devices in them, which puts customers at risk. Hundreds of thousands of their products are getting recalled. Whilst I was being criticised and asked to justify my actions by the DFB, there was no such official and public explanation demanded of the DFB sponsor. Why? Am I right in thinking this is worse than a picture with the President of my family’s country? What does the DFB have to say about all this?

“As I said before, ‘partners’ should stick with you in all situations. Adidas, Beats and BigShoe have been extremely loyal and amazing to work with in this time. They rise above the nonsense created by the German press and media, and we carry out our projects in a professional manner that I really enjoy being part of. During the World Cup, I worked with BigShoe and helped get 23 young children life-changing surgeries in Russia, which I have also done previously in Brazil and Africa. This for me is the most important thing that I do as a football player, yet the newspapers find no space to raise awareness about this sort of thing. For them, me being booed or taking a picture with a President is more significant than helping children get surgeries worldwide.

“They too have a platform to raise awareness and funds, but choose not to do so.”