“If She Gets Elected President, Then I Would Bet That We Will Have A Legal Challenge,” Mark Zuckerberg said in Leaked Audio Comments About Presidential Candidate Elizabeth Warren
“You have someone like Elizabeth Warren who thinks that the right answer is to break up the companies, I mean, if she gets elected president, then I would bet that we will have a legal challenge, and I would bet that we will win the legal challenge,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in a meeting where Zuckerberg answered questions from employees on the company’s future, according to The Verge.
The Verge published the obtained audio leaked comments from Facebook’s internal meetings in July where the company discussed the future of the company, Facebook’s concern on the popularity rise of TikTok, and potential problems for Facebook if Warren is elected president in the 2020 election. No details have been released on who released the audio recordings, but the meetings include full-time employees of the company, according to The Verge.
Around the same time Facebook held its meetings in July, the Federal Trade Commission ordered Facebook to pay a $5 billion fine over the company’s policy policies, which was the largest fine ever imposed by the FTC on a tech company.
President Donald Trump has called out the social media company in the past for having an anti-conservative bias. “Facebook, Google and Twitter, not to mention the corrupt media, are so on the side of the radical left Democrats,” tweeted Trump in March. “But fear not, we will win anyway, just like we did before.”
Presidential candidate Warren has been very critical of big tech companies like Google, Twitter, Amazon and of course Facebook, since the launch of her campaign in December. Warren was the first Democratic candidate to call for breaking up big tech companies, something that resonated with progressive voters. ”To restore the balance of power in our democracy, to promote competition and to ensure that the next generation of technology innovation is as vibrant as the last, it’s time to break up our biggest tech companies,” said Warren in March.
“What would really suck is if we don’t fix a corrupt system that lets giant companies like Facebook engage in illegal anti-competitive practices stomp on consumer rights, and repeatedly fumble their responsibility to protect our democracy,” tweeted Warren on Tuesday following the publishing on the leaked audio comments.
“The transcript from one of my Q&As a few months ago got published online and even though it was meant to be internal rather than public, now that it’s out there, you can check it out if you’re interested in seeing an unfiltered version of what I’m thinking and telling employees on a bunch of topics like social responsibility, breaking up tech companies, Libra, neural computing interfaces, and doing the right thing over the long term,” said Zuckerberg in a Facebook post in response to the leaked audio published transcripts.
Warren believes big tech companies have too much power and hurt the U.S. economy by putting small businesses out of business. In March she released a policy plan on her website discussing her plans on how to break up the big tech companies.
“Today’s big tech companies have too much power, too much power over our economy, our society, and democracy,” stated the plan.”They’ve bulldozed competition, used private information for profit, and tilted the playing field against everyone else.”
In Facebook’s meetings in July, Zuckerberg urged his employees to fight off a potential Warren presidency.
“We care about our country and want to work with our government and do good things, but look at the end of the day if someone’s going to try to threaten something that existential, you go the mat and you fight,” said Zuckerberg.
“It’s just that breaking up these companies, whether it’s Facebook or Google or Amazon, is not actually going to solve the issues, and you know it doesn’t make election interference less likely,” continued Zuckerberg. “It makes it more likely because now the companies can’t coordinate and work together.”
Warren is using the recent news of the leaked audio comments by Zuckerberg to remind voters of her plan to break up big tech companies and released a lengthy Twitter thread on Tuesday sharing her ideas.
“Facebook is doing pretty well right now, they’ve acquired potential competitors WhatsApp and Instagram,” tweeted Warren.”More than 85% of all social networking traffic goes through sites owned or operated by Facebook, they’ve got a lot of power and face little competition or accountability.”
“My plan to #BreakUpBigTech would undo their illegal anti-competitive mergers, you’ll still be able to use Facebook and Instagram to catch up with friends and family and share photos of your dog,” continued Warren on Twitter.”But they’ll have to compete with each other to make a better product for you.”
“Imagine Facebook and Instagram trying to outdo each other to protect your privacy and keep misinformation out of your feed, instead of working together to sell your data, inundate you with misinformation, and undermine our election security,” concluded Warren in her Twitter thread.
Facebook employees are terminated for leaks, according to former Facebook employees. As of now, it is possible that those who leaked the recordings will face legal issues.