Dispute over Zuckerberg’s "unchecked power" continues amid calls to dismantle the company

Andrew Cummings
May 13, 2019

The letter also asked questions about consumer privacy protections and if it had information about users' creditworthiness. "Facebook shouldn't be broken up - but it does need to be held to account". "And it reveals misunderstandings of Facebook and the central objective of antitrust law", Clegg argued.

My other option was to split the company in two.

"The internet is such a different place than it was in the '90s when regulators basically left it alone because they weren't sure what to do with it", he said.

"It's been 15 years since I co-founded Facebook at Harvard, and I haven't worked at the company in a decade". But "I don't think dismantling companies altogether is the way to deal with some of the complex issues which [Hughes] quite rightly highlighted", he said. He said he first became uncomfortable with Facebook in 2016. After Mark's congressional testimony previous year, there should have been calls for him to truly reckon with his mistakes.

While Facebook is a large company, it consists of "many smaller pieces" that fight for customers.


He later cited "artistic differences" with Zuckerberg as his reason for leaving, without elaborating. He also said that the company was not being accountable, particularly on privacy concerns and election interference.

"Hughes maintains that lawmakers merely marvel at Facebook's explosive growth and have overlooked their own responsibility to protect the public through more competition", Clegg writes.

"When I read what he wrote, my main reaction was that what he's proposing that we do isn't going to do anything to help solve those issues", Mark Zuckerberg told France Info while in Paris yesterday. "He's not really accountable to users, and thus, far he's not been accountable to government". He added that Hughes did not understand anti-trust laws, and said that calling for Facebook's breakup had "dangerous implications" for the American technology sector.

Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for the 2020 presidential election, has vowed here to break up Facebook, Amazon.com Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google if elected. "Today's big tech companies have too much power".

As his business track record has shown, Facebook co-founder and former publisher of The New Republic, Chris Hughes, may not be the most talented entrepreneur in the world.


Clegg retread a line that the company's executives have trotted out so many times that it's beyond a cliche: They know they have some work to do.

Facebook has already kept aside $3 billion anticipating a record fine coming from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) related to the Cambridge Analytica data scandal which involved 87 million users.

"The - your biggest concern, you say in the piece is the degree to which Mark Zuckerberg has nearly total control over what information we all read about, access", said Zakaria.

He writes: "Mark is a good, kind person".

So on my Thursday morning commute, when I was finished reading The Post, I opened to the op-ed page in the New York Times that a friend pointed out to me.


Adam Mosseri, Facebook's previous head of news feed who recently took over Instagram, responded to Hughes on Twitter.

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