Mark Zuckerberg Says Breaking Up Facebook Won’t Fix ‘Question of Political Discourse’
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he’s “absolutely” for more government regulation of major tech companies — but doesn’t believe breaking up Facebook, as some prominent politicians have called for this year, would fix much of anything.
Zuckerberg made his comments in the latest excerpt of his interview with “CBS This Morning” co-host Gayle King that aired on Tuesday.
He acknowledged there are “real issues” that come with running a giant social media company, before adding: “a lot of people are upset and are talking about measures like breaking up the company … that aren’t actually going to fix these issues, right? I mean, breaking up Facebook isn’t going to address the question of political discourse.”
Zuckerberg’s focus on political discourse comes after the company has been skewered by many of its critics for its decision to not fact-check its political ads. Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen recently ripped Facebook for the stance, joining Sen. Elizabeth Warren in criticizing Facebook’s political ad policy. Zuckerberg reiterated to King this week something he’s said several times in the last few months: he believes it’s better to have Facebook’s users decide what is and isn’t true in political ads, rather than the company.
Sen. Warren has also called for breaking up Facebook, Amazon and other tech stalwarts if she’s elected president next year. The company’s critics have complained Facebook’s $1 billion buyout of Instagram and its $19 billion purchase of WhatsApp have helped the company create a social media juggernaut — and block any competitors from rising up in the process…….read more
Source: The Wrap