Zuckerberg's Old Roommate Says Enough Is Enough

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes says the company must be broken up
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 9, 2019 8:30 AM CDT
In this 2017, photo, provided by Facebook, CEO Mark Zuckerberg looks out the window in his old dorm room at Harvard University, in Cambridge, Mass.   (Courtesy of Facebook via AP)

(Newser) – Facebook is used to hearing complaints that it's too big and powerful—just last month, for instance, 2020 candidate Elizabeth Warren argued that it needed to be broken up. But never has the complaint come so forcefully from someone so instrumental to the company's very creation: In a lengthy op-ed in the New York Times, co-founder Chris Hughes—yes, Mark Zuckerberg's old dormmate at Harvard—makes the case. Details and coverage:

  • Main point: "It is time to break up Facebook," writes Hughes. He calls it a "monopoly" of mammoth scale and says it never should have been allowed to buy Instagram and WhatsApp. "The American government needs to do two things: break up Facebook’s monopoly and regulate the company to make it more accountable to the American people." (He goes on to offer more specific details on what this would look like.)
  • On Zuckerberg: "Mark is a good, kind person," he writes, and in many ways the same guy Hughes would watch hugging his parents goodbye at Harvard, the same guy "who fell in love with his future wife while in line for the bathroom at a party." But Zuckerberg's power is now dangerously excessive, Hughes writes. His "influence is staggering, far beyond that of anyone else in the private sector or in government," because he controls what billions of people around the world see and hear.

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