There is little doubt over the monopoly of Facebook – it owns the largest social network with more than 2 billion users all across the globe.
In what can be safely dubbed as one of the bluntest assessment of Facebook, former Mark Zuckerberg’s roommate and co-founder of the social media Inc, Chris Hughes has called for the break up of the platform in one of his opinion piece in the New York Times.
“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,” Hughes wrote.
There is little doubt over the monopoly of Facebook – it owns the largest social network with more than 2 billion users all across the globe. Also, it has WhatsApp, Messenger, and Instagram under its wing, all of which combine to put together 1 billion users.
Hughes quite Facebook back in 2007 and claimed in a LinkedIn post that he could manage half a billion dollars for his three years of work with the platform.
“It’s been 15 years since I co-founded Facebook at Harvard, and I haven’t worked at the company in a decade. But I feel a sense of anger and responsibility,” said Hughes, who has also worked as an online strategist for Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign.
It has not been smooth sailing for Facebook recently as it has been hit with a number of privacy breaches which has only taken a toll on its image. It has also been accused of sharing information belonging to 87 million inappropriately with the now-defunct British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.
“Mark is a good, kind person. But I’m angry that his focus on growth led him to sacrifice security and civility for clicks. And I’m worried that Mark has surrounded himself with a team that reinforces his beliefs instead of challenging them,” Hughes further adds.
It should be mentioned here that Hughes is not an isolated voice calling for the break-up of Facebook, as several lawmakers have also asked for the federal privacy regulation and for an anti-trust regulation to break up big tech companies.