Breaking up Facebook won't solve issues raised: Zuckerberg responds to co-founder


Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes made big news with an op-ed for the New York Times last week, in which he argued his former corporate home should be broken up by the government.

Facebook's challenges can be tackled through regulation, not by breaking up the company, a company official wrote Saturday in the New York Times.

He writes: "Mark is a good, kind person".

Facebook in its current form has shown disregard for security and civility and focused more on growth, the former Zuckerberg further wrote.

Hughes was recruited by Zuckerberg for Facebook during his freshman year at Harvard University in 2002.

The tech entrepreneur also called the social media platform a "power monopoly" and that the power the founder welds is "un-American".

"I think we have to seriously take a look at that, yes".

For the uninitiated, Social media giant, Facebook is reportedly looking for investors to support Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mark Zuckerberg's idea of an integrated cryptocurrency payment system.

Critics including Hughes believe Facebook has acquired too much power to continue intact.

However, on Sunday Mark Zuckerberg reacted to the op-ed article and said that he is against the view of breaking the company.

For example, Justin Rosenstein, who created Facebook's famous "Like" button, said Facebook and other social networks as they're now set up could be hurting individual psychology, according to The Verge.

But Facebook without WhatsApp and Instagram as integral to its operations will mean the loss of streamline messaging within the company's infrastructure, which will impact on the more than two billion active users of the social networking site. "The government must hold Mark accountable". "They get so angry, they say, 'Oh I'm leaving Facebook, I'm going to Instagram, ' not realizing Instagram is owned by Facebook and then they become resigned to the fact that we can't do anything".

"Chopping a great American success story into bits" won't stop foreign election interference or "poison" spreading online, Nick Clegg, Facebook's vice president for global affairs and communications, told CNN Business' Brian Stelter Sunday in his first United States television interview since he joined the company past year. The founders of Instagram and WhatsApp have left, as has the executive who took over WhatsApp previous year. In the end people did not leave the company's platforms en masse. He shared his emotion and plans regarding Facebook in the interview.

Furthermore, it also asked the social media giant to disclose if it shares or sells this information with any unaffiliated third parties, whether it has any information bearing on an individual's creditworthiness and other personal details and how does it ensure that it would not infringe the Fair Credit Reporting Act.