One of Facebook’s co-founders has called for the social network Facebook to be broken up by regulators, arguing that Mark Zuckerberg’s “unchecked power” has created a monopoly and given him “unilateral control over speech”.
“It’s been 15 years since I co-founded Facebook at Harvard, and I haven’t worked at the company in a decade,” Hughes wrote. “But I feel a sense of anger and responsibility.”
Hughes blamed Zuckerberg saying it he has a lot of ‘unchecked power’ and a lot of wealth that enables him to shut any competitors by buying them.
“Mark has a unilateral control over speech. There is no precedent for his ability to monitor, organize and even censor the conversations of two billion people.”
“Mark’s controls three core communications platforms Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp that billions of people use every day,” wrote Hughes.
“Mark is a good, kind person,” Hughes says, “but I’m angry that his focus on growth led him to sacrifice security and civility for clicks.”
Hughes mentioned that the solution for Zuckerberg’s uncontrolled power is simply government regulation. He stated that Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp and Instagram needs to be spun out into separate businesses to create a healthier and more competitive market.
On the other hand, current head of Facebook global affairs, Sir Nicholas William Peter Clegg responded to the comments, saying ‘you don’t enforce accountability by calling for breakup of a successful American company’.