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Zuckerberg: I will 'go to the mat' to stop Warren breaking up Facebook

"Ewan Pohlman" (2020-04-20)

Elizabeth Warren escalated on Tuesday her call for big tech companies to be broken up after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he would be willing to 'go to the mat' and 'fight' the federal government should she become president.

After Zuckerberg told his employees in an internal meeting in July that it would 'suck' for Facebook to become embroiled in a legal battle with the federal government, Warren responded by claiming it would 'suck' more if tech companies were allowed to continue their supposedly 'corrupt' practices.

'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,' Warren wrote in a tweet aimed at Facebook's founder.

'I'm not afraid to hold Big Tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon accountable. It's time to #BreakUpBigTech,' she wrote in another tweet, linking back to her campaign website.

An audio recording of one of Zuckerberg's all-hands meetings with Facebook employees in July was leaked and published Tuesday, revealing that he felt the 2020 political candidate's proposal for dealing with tech giants was misinformed.

Zuckerberg also touched on several other topics after being questioned by staff, including that Facebook has had  'private engagement' with regulators, out of the spotlight, อีเมล์ about launching its digital currency Libra. 

He also told staff that some of the media reports detailing the stress and trauma some of the company's 30,000 content moderators faced at work were 'overdramatic'. And when employees asked how to respond to friends who were critical of the company, they were to tell them that it 'cares about problems'.

The candid meeting also saw Zuckerberg joke to staff that he would have been fired years ago if he didn't have shares with special voting rights, giving him total control of the company. 

Zuckerberg also detailed plans to pursue 'brain computer interface' as VR and AR becomes more popular in the next five to 10 years, but he said it will be non-evasive and the company 'won't perform brain surgery'. 

Democratic 2020 contender and Senator Elizabeth Warren accused tech giants of participating in 'illegal anticompetitive practices' after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he would 'fight' her on trying to break up big tech

After audio of a closed-door meeting with employees was leaked, Zuckerberg invited people to read a transcript where he discussed Warren's proposal to break up tech companies she claims are 'monopolies,' including Facebook, Google and Amazon