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Seriously look at breaking up Facebook: Kamala Harris

Seriously look at breaking up Facebook: Kamala Harris

Hughes made his case Thursday in a front page editorial in The New York Times, saying that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has too much power and that the company has become a monopoly.

The Facebook case is being looked at as a measure of the Donald Trump administration's willingness to regulate United States tech companies.

"He's a good person".

Facebook has often pointed to Snapchat, LinkedIn, Twitter and Tumblr as competition, however, all of those platforms have audiences a fraction the size of the Menlo Park, Calif. company that Zuckerberg founded along with Hughes.

In that piece, Zuckerberg called for "a more active role for governments and regulators" and focused on policing harmful content, protecting election integrity, ensuring data privacy, and allowing consumers to easily move their data from one service to another.

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

He has too much power.

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"The reality is you've got companies making corporate policy decisions that in effect are public policy decisions, but they're doing it without the mechanisms or the accountability of public policy in a democracy", he said.

Over the weekend, Zuckerberg himself chimed in on Hughes' op-ed.

"It is time to break up Facebook", he added.

"Chopping a great American success story into bits" won't stop foreign election interference or "poison" spreading online, Nick Clegg, Facebook's vice president for global affairs and communications, told CNN Business in a Sunday interview.

Hughes pointed out that over two-thirds of the 70 per cent of USA 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". The founders of Instagram and WhatsApp have left, as has the executive who took over WhatsApp a year ago.

Hughes suggested Zuckerberg should be held responsible for the privacy and other lapses at the company, echoing a call earlier this month by Democratic US Senator Ron Wyden to hold the CEO individually liable for "repeated violations" of privacy. Facebook's board works more like an advisory committee than an overseer, because Mark controls around 60 percent of voting shares. In the end people did not leave the company's platforms en masse. He found the problem of fake news and violent rhetoric that is being happened on FB and expressed his feeling of a sense of anger for the lack of responsibility on the part of the management of the social media giant. Facebook has already kept aside $3billion anticipating record fine coming from US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to Cambridge Analytica data scandal that involved 87 million users.

Since Hughes' op-ed, criticism of Facebook has intensified.