Leaked Audio Reveals How Zuckerberg Really Feels

The Facebook CEO says he'll 'go to the mat and fight' Elizabeth Warren
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 1, 2019 12:28 PM CDT
In this April 10, 2018, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before a joint hearing of the Commerce and Judiciary Committees on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

(Newser) – Mark Zuckerberg takes one look at Elizabeth Warren and sees an existential threat—at least according to leaked audio of him in a Q&A with Facebook employees. "You have someone like Elizabeth Warren who thinks that the right answer is to break up the companies," the Facebook CEO said in one of two July meetings that the Verge obtained audio of. "If she gets elected president, then I bet that we will have a legal challenge, and I would bet that we will win the legal challenge. And does that still suck for us? Yeah. I mean, I don't want to have a major lawsuit against our own government. ... But look, at the end of the day, if someone's going to try to threaten something that existential, you go to the mat and fight." Among other excerpts from the two hours of audio:

  • Breaking up Big Tech: "And, you know, it doesn't make election interference less likely. It makes it more likely because now the companies can't coordinate and work together."
  • Twitter, for example: "It's why Twitter can't do as good of a job as we can. ... They can't put in the investment. Our investment on safety is bigger than the whole revenue of their company."

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