Chris Hughes who alongside Mark Zuckerberg helped found Facebook 15 years ago now wants to breakup the company. He says Mark Zuckerberg has becomes too powerful.
In a damaging letter to the New York Times. Chris Hughes co-founder of Facebook has called for the government to break up Facebook’s monopoly. Also, he says the government should regulate the company in order to make it more accountable.
In 2002, Mark Zuckerberg recruited Hughes, his course mate at Harvard to help build an online social networking site. None of them ever imagined that it would ever grow to become as big as it is today.
However, Hughes left the company about 10 years ago and is concerned that the site he helped build is about to get total dominance of the whole world if nothing is done to checkmate it.
He said, “From our earliest days, Mark used the word ‘dominion.’ To describe our ambitions with no hint of irony or humility.” He said Zuckerberg’s influence is far beyond that of anyone else in the private sector or even government.
Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes
Chris Hughes said Mark alone can decide to do whatever he wants. He can configure Facebook in a way that people will only see what he wants them to see in their News Feeds, what privacy settings to use and what messages gets delivered.
Mark Zuckerberg alone can decide and set the rules on how to distinguish between violence and offensive speech. He can choose to kill any company he wants by shutting it down. Acquiring it, blocking it or even copying it as he did to Snapchat.
Zuckerberg has acquired five major tech companies including Instagram, Whatsapp, Oculus Rift and Vine. He almost acquired Twitter and Snapchat but failed because the founders of those companies refused to sell.
Such huge dominance leaves internet users with little or no choice thereby leaving Facebook without any real competition. The company has faced a lot of privacy scandals in recent times but yet no accountability.
He said the government must hold Zuckerberg accountable instead of marvelling at Facebook’s growth. He insisted that Facebook should be broken down into different companies and the government should undo the Instagram and Whatsapp acquisition so they can all be different companies run by different people.
However, Zuckerberg has rejected the idea of the company to be broken up. In a statement released to CNN, the company said: “Facebook accepts that with success comes accountability but you don’t enforce accountability by calling for the breakup of a successful American company.”