Facebook Co-Founder Wants Company Broken Up

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Facebook Co-Founder Wants Company Broken Up
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Facebook Co-Founder Wants Company Broken Up
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Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes is calling on the US government to break up the company. The New York Times published a nearly 6,000-word opinion piece written by Hughes to their website on Thursday. Since then, Hughes has made numerous television appearances to discuss his views.

In the New York Times article, Hughes accuses Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg of obtaining an “unprecedented and un-American” level of power. Hughes goes on to further accuse his former business partner of sacrificing security and civility for clicks. Hughes also warned that Facebook would only continue to develop into a monopoly if the company is allowed to remain intact.

Facebook has been under fire by politicians and privacy advocates across Europe and the United States. Many lawmakers are advocating strict regulations on large tech companies. The company is currently facing up to five billion dollars in fines from the US Federal Trade Commission due to privacy violations.

At a recent hearing in the US House of Representatives, the FTC unanimously suggested Congress enact new data privacy laws. 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has advocated breaking up Facebook, Amazon, and Google.

Hughes was a freshman at Harvard University when he was recruited by Zuckerberg to work on the project that would eventually become Facebook. Zuckerberg decided to drop out of Harvard two years later to focus more heavily on Facebook but Hughes decided to stay, graduating from the university in 2006. Hughes briefly went back to work for Facebook full-time after graduation before leaving again in 2007 to become involved with former president Obama’s 2008 campaign.

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