August 20, 2019 | 7:22 PM IST

FB fights Chris Huges’ plea to break company to curb its influence

Facebook has fought back co-founder Chris Hughes appeal to break up the company into three. It owns Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram. Hughes has said, “FB has gone too powerful and whose influence is staggering, far beyond that of anyone else in the private sector or in government.”
Facebook’s vice president of global affairs and communications Nick Clegg has run-down Hughes’ 6,000-word New York Times op-ed in which he had wrote, “I feel a sense of anger and responsibility”.

Clegg said, “FB accepts that with success comes accountability, but you don’t enforce accountability by calling for the breakup of a successful American company. Accountability of tech companies can only be achieved through the painstaking introduction of new rules for the internet. That is exactly what Mark Zuckerberg has called for.”

He said that Zuckerberg has virtually unlimited control over algorithms that determine what each of billions of Facebook users sees in their News Feed, what privacy settings they can use and even which messages their receive on the platform. He also used Vine and Snapchat examples of Facebook smothering the competition using tactics that take advantage of its influencing power, says a report.
Meanwhile, lawmakers have urged the US justice department to launch an antitrust investigation.

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