Facebook dismisses co-founder's call for breakup

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ET TU, CHRIS? Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has woken up to the news that the site's co-founder, Chris Hughes, is calling on him to break up their baby in an op-ed in the New York Times.

Instead of breaking up Facebook, lawmakers and regulators around the globe need to work alongside the company to come up with "new rules of the internet", Clegg said.

"He's a good person".

Hughes, who was angry about Zuckerberg's focus on the company's growth at the cost of "security and civility" in exchange for more clicks, joined a growing number of people in the United States in urging the breakup of Facebook. Hughes has opined that with Facebook, Zuckerberg now enjoys power that is "unprecedented and un-American".

What that means is that the chatting app will no longer operate on all mobile phones running on Windows operating system.

Facebook traces its origin to the fun plaything created by Harvard dropout Mark Zuckerberg, and what once was a simple social experiment now morphed into a powerful digital platform that many fear is becoming a tool for manipulation.

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The practice, though, has drawn criticism after some of these low-earning contractors reported mental health crises as a result of absorbing too much disturbing content. "New rules or unwinding Facebook may not really have a lasting impact unless there is real government oversight of such entities". He notes Zuckerberg's trip to France this week to speak with the government about potential legislation, and he brings up the same talking points mentioned by Zuckerberg in a Washington Post editorial at the end of March.

Hughes pointed out that over two-thirds of the 70 per cent of US adults on social media use Facebook, while a third use Instagram and a fifth use WhatsApp, while "fewer than a third report using Pinterest, LinkedIn or Snapchat".

US Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat, told CNBC he thinks Facebook should be broken up and that the Justice Department's antitrust division needs to begin an investigation.

Vice President for global affairs and communications, Nick Clegg replied on the behalf of Facebook saying that the company's success should not be targeted, as the size of it is not a major issue. The founders of Instagram and WhatsApp have left, as has the executive who took over WhatsApp past year.

"The way forward is to heavily scrutinize future mergers and to ensure no company has anti-competitive platform privileges", Khanna said. The company is still in negotiations with the Federal Trade Commission for the Cambridge Analytica scandal. He shared his emotion and plans regarding Facebook in the interview.

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