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It’s time to break up Facebook, co-founder says

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Published on May 10, 2019 - Duration: 01:54s

It’s time to break up Facebook, co-founder says

Facebook Inc co-founder and former Mark Zuckerberg roommate Chris Hughes has called for the break-up of the social network in an opinion piece in the New York Times.

In an interview with CBS This Morning, he explained his positiion.

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It’s time to break up Facebook, co-founder says

ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Facebook Inc co-founder and former Mark Zuckerberg roommate Chris Hughes has called for the break-up of the social network in an opinion piece in the New York Times.

"We are a nation with a tradition of reining in monopolies, no matter how well intentioned the leaders of these companies may be.

Mark's power is unprecedented and un-American," Hughes wrote on Thursday.

Facebook owns the largest social network with more than 2 billion users across the world.

It also owns WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram, each used by more than 1 billion people.

Hughes co-founded Facebook in 2004 at Harvard with the company's Chief Executive Officer Zuckerberg and Dustin Moskovitz.

He quit Facebook in 2007 and later said in a LinkedIn post that he made half a billion dollars for his three years of work.

In one of a number of security and privacy scandals to hit the company, Facebook is accused of inappropriately sharing information belonging to 87 million users with the now-defunct British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

Hughes said he last met with Zuckerberg in the summer of 2017, several months before the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke.

"Mark is a good, kind person.

But I'm angry that his focus on growth led him to sacrifice security and civility for clicks," Hughes said.

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