Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said his company would sue the federal government if Sen. Elizabeth Warren becomes president and moves to break up the social media giant. In audio of two open meetings with Facebook employees obtained by the Verge, Zuckerberg discusses the threat to Facebook that an administration helmed by the Massachusetts Democrat would pose.
“If she gets elected president, then I would bet that we will have a legal challenge, and I would bet that we will win the legal challenge,” Zuckerberg said. “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 you fight,” he added.
Warren, a front-runner for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, has set her sights on Facebook and other tech behemoths for engaging in monopolistic practices, releasing a detailed plan this year for how she would reign in their power. She has been a vocal proponent of breaking up Facebook, Google, Apple, and Amazon.
“I want to make sure that the next generation of great American tech companies can flourish,” Warren wrote in a post on Medium unveiling her proposal. “To do that, we need to stop this generation of big tech companies from throwing around their political power to shape the rules in their favor and throwing around their economic power to snuff out or buy up every potential competitor.
But Zuckerberg told employees that breaking up big tech companies is not the answer and said doing so is not “going to solve the issues.” “It doesnt make election interference less likely,” he said, according to the leaked audio. “It makes it more likely because now the companies cant coordinate and work together.
Warren fired back at Zuckerberg on Twitter, saying she isn’t afraid to hold Silicon Valley’s biggest players accountable. “What would really ‘suck’ is if we don’t fix a corrupt system that lets giant companies like Facebook engage in illegal anticompetitive practices, stomp on consumer privacy rights, and repeatedly fumble their responsibility to protect our democracy,” she tweeted, reiterating that Facebook, Google, and Amazon should be broken up.
What would really “suck” is if we don’t fix a corrupt system that lets giant companies like Facebook engage in illegal anticompetitive practices, stomp on consumer privacy rights, and repeatedly fumble their responsibility to protect our democracy.
https://t.co/rI0v55KKAi— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) October 1, 2019 Since it was revealed Russians used Facebook to sow division among voters in the 2016 election, Facebook has come under increased pressure by federal regulators and lawmakers.