Facebook’s co-founder Chris Hughes is calling for the empire he helped Mark Zuckerberg to assemble to be broken up by the government.
In an op-ed written in the New York Times titled “It’s Time to Break Up Facebook,” Hughes called for further government regulation of the very social media platform that he helped to launch.
One would think social media should be the champions of free speech, rather than the enablers of the single-sided opinion and politics. Yes. Break them up.
Facebook co-founder calls for breakup of company https://t.co/B2nz2odbyW It’s far too powerful. And most importantly, its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, is not accountable,” Gaggle needs to be broken up too! Both are way too intrusive
— Carolyn Kenney (@go4gin) May 9, 2019
Hughes: Mark’s influence is staggering, far beyond that of anyone else in the private sector or in government. He controls three core communications platforms — Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp — that billions of people use every day.
The last time I saw Mark Zuckerberg was in the summer of 2017, several months before the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke. We met at Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif., office and drove to his house, in a quiet, leafy neighborhood. We spent an hour or two together while his toddler daughter cruised around. We talked politics mostly, a little about Facebook, a bit about our families. When the shadows grew long, I had to head out. I hugged his wife, Priscilla, and said goodbye to Mark.
Since then, Mark’s personal reputation and the reputation of Facebook have taken a nose-dive. The company’s mistakes — the sloppy privacy practices that dropped tens of millions of users’ data into a political consulting firm’s lap; the slow response to Russian agents, violent rhetoric and fake news; and the unbounded drive to capture ever more of our time and attention — dominate the headlines. 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 feel a sense of anger and responsibility. More
Bust up all the social media giants! They reek of anti-trust violations. Both Facebook and Twitter have done everything they can to buy up or keep potential competitive platforms as non-viable.
A perfect example of this is when Facebook purchased Instagram. At the time, Facebook was bleeding subscribers and Instagram was picking them up, so rather than compete, Facebook bought them.