There has been talk about breaking up Facebook from Instagram and WhatsApp for a while. People believe that Facebook has more power than the government, by controlling some of the biggest social media platforms there are.
Hughes, the co-founder of Facebook, has explained that he believes that Facebook has turned into a monopoly that has too much power and is limiting the competition and innovation in social networking. Hughes has also said things about how Zuckerberg himself has too much power in the company. “Mark’s influence is staggering, far beyond that of anyone else in the private sector or in government. He controls three core communications platforms — Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp — that billions of people use every day,” Hughes wrote in his op-ed. He goes on to explain that Mark has the ability to compute algorithms, configure privacy settings, and even see private messages people are sending. He also has the authority to set rules and to shut down competitors.
Hughes is highly supportive of the breakup of Facebook. “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 states.
Ro Khanna (D-CA), has agreed with Hughes points but does not agree that Facebook should be broken up. “I agree with him that, in retrospect, the FTC should not have approved Facebook’s acquisition of Instagram and WhatsApp in 2012. I believe the way forward is to heavily scrutinize future mergers and to ensure no company has anti-competitive platform privileges,” explains Khanna.
Some politicians agree with Hughes and other agree with Khanna. We will just have to wait and see what happens to Facebook.