Facebook co-founder, Chris Hughes, wrote an article in the New York Times this week to propose solutions to Facebook, which is expected to be punished by the Federal Trade Commission. Zuckerberg was quick to answer to Hughes, who said the legislators should differentiate between Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp.
Speaking to France Info, Zuckerberg said:
When I read his writings, my main reaction was that he suggested that we do nothing to help resolve these problems. So I think if you care about democracy and elections, then you want a company like ours to be able to invest billions of dollars a year to develop really advanced tools to fight against electoral intervention.
According to Zuckerberg, the main problems of Facebook, such as privacy, security and misinformation, will not be solved by dividing the company into pieces and this will prevent the protection of those platforms. In the case of fragmentation of the Facebook application family, the economic power of the applications will be reduced and the use of security technologies such as artificial intelligence, which is used to identify the bots that distribute the contents under the influence of voters, will be difficult to use.
Hughes pointed out that Mark Zuckerberg's anti-American approach was unprecedented. At the same time, Hughes also pointed out that Facebook has made extensive purchases and copies of its strengthening rivals. If you remember, Facebook's first president Sean Parker and growth manager Chamath Palihapitiya also warned about the way the social network they produce affects society.
In spite of all these statements, Zuckerberg argues that Facebook's large-scale movement is in the public interest. Zuckerberg even makes the following statements:
The budget allocated for security this year is much greater than the income we made when we were publicly opened in the beginning of this decade. Most of this is happening because we are now able to start a successful business that can support it. We invest in security more than anyone in the social media business.
Facebook's Department of Communications Vice President Nick Clegg supports Zuckerberg's views with his statements. Stating that the company's volume is not a problem, Clegg pointed to the interests and rights of users and raised the company's responsibilities to legislators and governments.
At the moment, although the top executives of Facebook continue to defend the organization, as Hughes points out, there is a serious problem of monopoly. Nevertheless, even if this monopolization has been eliminated, as recently Senator Elizabeth Warren put it, large companies operating on the Facebook scale can be more profitable.