Facebook Co-Founder Doubles Down: Says Zuckerberg Has "Near-Unilateral Power"

The co-founder of Facebook has stepped up his attack on Mark Zuckerberg just days after calling on the United States government to break up Facebook, according to Bloomberg. Chris Hughes, 35, who started Facebook with Zuckerberg said in an interview to CNN: "Zuckerberg has too much power -- near-unilateral power. We all make mistakes, but I think that in his case it is different because there is no accountability for those mistakes."

Hughes - perhaps in a bid to stay relevant, perhaps with altruistic intentions - has wound up in the center of a debate about how the government should regulate the social media company after writing a May 9 op-ed in the New York Times calling Facebook a monopoly that "never should have been allowed to buy a Instagram and WhatsApp".

The Federal Trade Commission is already expected to fine the company as much as $5 billion as part of a settlement over letting Cambridge Analytica obtain data on millions of users without consent. During a recent interview with CNN, Hughes said that issues at Facebook are far deeper than any one individual scandal. He said that a lack of accountability from Mark Zuckerberg and a board that is unable to institute any checks and balances are both to blame.

He continued: “Mark’s the CEO, there is a board but because he owns 60 percent of the voting shares he’s not accountable really to that board. It works more like a board of advisers than anything else.”

Zuckerberg said on Friday that his company would work with governments to determine what content is acceptable on social media, after a meeting with French president Emmanuel Macron. Facebook has been widely criticized across Europe for how it handles personal data and hate speech.

Hughes launched his assault on Facebook last week when he published a scathing Op-Ed, in which as we reported, he slammed the world's biggest media company.

In the op-ed, Hughes emphasized that he believes Zuckerberg is a kind and well-intentioned person, but that Facebook has become too powerful - in terms of its market dominance and its influence on public life - that the only reasonable solution would be for the government to step in.

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