Facebook Clarifies its Stance Against Company’s Break-up

An op-ed published in The New York Times by Chris Hughes criticized Mark Zuckerberg for his policies. Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook called the company to break up, as the current CEO compromised security for its growth and should be held accountable.

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.

Clegg agreed to the point that the company should be responsible for its doings but they alone should not be held accountable for all social, political and ethical activities on the internet.

Mark Zuckerberg also responded saying that Hughes recommendations are not the solution to problems faced by the company.

Hughes while penning down his views about the CEO of Facebook said that though he is a good man but due to his huge influence on the company, he cannot be questioned by it, therefore, the government should take action against him.

Op-ed was targeting Zuckerberg mainly but Clegg ignored this aspect. Replying to Hughes, Clegg stated that the company is not a monopoly, instead, only 20 percent of advertising marketplace revenue is generated from this platform. Hughes was unable to understand anti-trust law, as they are already outdated and ineffective.

Facebook’s size did not create a problem in fact through it increased size millions of people can engage in. Many important positive steps taken by tech giant were pointed out by him, including eliminating hate-speech.

He argued that a small company would have been unable to take bold steps as it did by stopping efforts of foreign governments to misuse the platform for their gains and manipulation of data.

Hughes point is backed up by the fact that if the company was small, these problems would not have been created in the first place. The smaller system may not be controversy-free but is easier to manage than a large scale company.


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