Break up Facebook, co-founder Chris Hughes wrote in a recent New York Times OpEd piece.
The blow, from Mark Zuckerberg’s former college roommate and confidant, comes at a time when the Facebook empire is facing increasing blowback both in the US and internationally for privacy and data-sharing issues. Some US lawmakers are casting about words such as “monopoly” and “anti-trust violations” and contemplate a legislated means to break up Facebook.
Hughes opined that Facebook should be broken into three companies – Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram.
We are a nation with a tradition of reining in monopolies, no matter how well intentioned the leaders of these companies may be. Mark’s power is unprecedented and un-American – Mark HughesReuters
Facebook has countered Hughes suggestion with spokesman Nick Clegg saying, “Facebook accepts that with success comes accountability. But you don’t enforce accountability by calling for the break up of a successful American company…Accountability of tech companies can only be achieved through the painstaking introduction of new rules for the internet. That is exactly what Mark Zuckerberg has called for.”
This folks, is called passing the buck. Is Zuck serious? New Rules for the Internet? That is almost as lame as watching the vampiresque Zuckerberg trying to drink water. Cheers to Chris Hughes – Break Up Facebook.
More good news: US politicians are lining up in their questions for Facebook. Senator Mike Crapo, Republican, Senator Sherrod Brown, Democrat, and Senator Richard Blumenthal, Democrat, are questioning Facebook operations in a number of areas.
“The government must hold Mark accountable. For too long, lawmakers have marveled at Facebook’s explosive growth and overlooked their responsibility to ensure that Americans are protected and markets are competitive,” Hughes said in his opinion piece.
Zuck will be in Paris next week, attempting damage control with the French government.
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