Facebook says it shouldn’t be broken up because it is very successful

In response to a surprising opinion piece by Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, published in The New York Times this morning, the company says it appreciates greater responsibility for its actions by lawmakers in Washington , but says that separating Facebook by decoupling Instagram and WhatsApp from its central service would be a step too far.

"Facebook accepts that responsibility comes with success, but it does not enforce responsibility by demanding the dissolution of a successful American company," Nick Clegg, Facebook's vice president of global affairs and communication, said in a statement . CNN . "The responsibility of technology companies can only be achieved through the meticulous introduction of new rules for the Internet. That's exactly what [CEO] Mark Zuckerberg has asked for. In fact, he will meet with government leaders this week to promote that work. "

Hughes' main argument was that by acquiring Instagram and WhatsApp, Facebook has become a monopoly power that limits competition in addition to the damaging effects that Democracy, online discourse, and privacy Hughes, who co-founded Facebook with Zuckerberg while both attended Harvard University, is part of a growing wave of prominent voices demanding the breakdown of the largest social network in the world. His concerns are especially reflected in Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who has also called for the breakup of Amazon, Apple and Google.

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