Facebook VP Nick Clegg responds to co-founder Hughes' call for breakup


"That is exactly what Mark Zuckerberg has called for".

Security errors, like the Cambridge Analytica scandal or the recent discovery that Facebook stores thousands of passwords in plain text format are no less preventable in a smaller company nor one whose executives wield less power.

"From our earliest days, Mark used the word "domination" to describe our ambitions, with no hint of irony or humility", Hughes wrote, continuing with a detailed account of how Facebook either acquired (Instagram and WhatsApp), forcibly blocked (Twitter's Vine) or copied (Snapchat's ephemeral messaging feature) every competitor it came across throughout its decade-long growth.

Hughes roomed with Zuckerberg at Harvard and left Facebook in 2007 to campaign for Barack Obama.

"These laws, developed in the 1800s, are not meant to punish a company because people disagree with its management", wrote Clegg, who argued that antitrust law was instead intended to ensure that consumers had access to affordable, good-quality products.

My opinion, which also received much fanfare, was that in order for Facebook to protect our data and to actually secure its own platforms, it should charge a modest fee to be on it.

Zuckerberg "has created a leviathan that crowds out entrepreneurship and restricts consumer choice", wrote Hughes, who is now a member of the Economic Security Project, which is pushing for a universal basic income in the United States. Aside from the fact that Facebook has in reality done a jaw-droppingly bad job of doing everything from safeguarding user data to responding effectively to accusations of complicity in the Myanmar genocide (and its problems with misinformation, fake news, and election meddling remain a gaping maw), this has very little to do with antitrust law itself.

The top 5 biggest scandals to rock social media giant Facebook. "And then people get outraged".

"With Facebook, there's really no where else to go".

Disgusted users across the world launched a "Delete Facebook" movement.

He accused Facebook of acquiring or copying all of its competitors to achieve dominance in the social media field, meaning that investors were reluctant to back any rivals because they know they can not compete for long. "But I feel a sense of anger and responsibility", Hughes said. In the end people did not leave the company's platforms en masse.

And it turns out that Hughes isn't alone in thinking that.

We don't expect calcified rules or voluntary commissions to work to regulate drug companies, health care companies, vehicle manufacturers or credit card providers. This should be just as true for social networking as it is for air travel or pharmaceuticals. The founders of Instagram and WhatsApp have left, as has the executive who took over WhatsApp previous year.

The company has been rocked by a series of scandals recently, including allowing its users' data to be harvested by research companies and its slow response to Russian Federation using Facebook as a means to spread disinformation during the 2016 U.S. election campaign.