Does Facebook Really Need to be Separated From WhatsApp And Instagram?

Hughes’ criticisms of Facebook focused on its massive power over speech.

Facebook Inc co-founder and Mark Zuckerberg’s former college roommate Chris Hughes urged U.S. regulators to break up the social media company in a New York Times opinion piece. But antitrust law makes such a proposal tough to execute because the government would have to take the company to court and win. It is rare to break up a company but not unheard of, with Standard Oil and AT&T being the two biggest examples. Hughes’ call to split Facebook from WhatsApp and Instagram followed a March pledge by U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination for the 2020 election, to break up big tech companies.


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