Leaked audio comments from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly include that he said the tech company probably would have no choice but to sue the US government for averting being fired if Elizabeth Warren becomes president.
The comments, obtained by The Verge, span a wide range of themes and deep insights into Zuckerberg's thinking, and go much further than the usually stoic CEO appears in public.
"You have someone like Elizabeth Warren who thinks the right answer is to break up the companies … I mean if she is elected president, I will bet that we will have a legal challenge and I will bet that we will win the legal challenge, "is quoted on Zuckerberg in two Q&A sessions with Facebook employees during July. [1
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Zuckerberg, who met President Trump and several DC legislators last month, also said after last month The company's size has helped it fight election interference, while noting that its rival, Twitter, has been insufficient to combat interference due to fewer resources.
"That's why Twitter can't do as good a job as we can," Zuckerberg said. “I mean, they are faced, qualitatively, with the same types of problems. But they can't put in the investment. Our investment in security is greater than the entire company's revenue. "
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Warren responded to the story, tweeting that the system allowing" giant companies like Facebook to engage in illegal anti-competitive practices "must be fixed.
A Facebook spokesman described DC meetings as "good" and "constructive," with a view to "meeting with policy makers to hear their concerns and talk about future Internet regulation. "Trump also tweeted a picture last month of himself greeting Zuckerberg in the White House.
In March, Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democratic senator, presented a plan to break up the nation's largest technology companies, mainly Facebook , Amazon, Google, and Apple, saying the power they have is too great.
"I want a government that makes sure everyone – including the biggest and most powerful companies in America – abides by the rules," Warren wrote in a blog post announcing their plan. "And I want to make sure that the next generation of big American tech companies can flourish. To do that, we must stop this generation of big tech companies from throwing around their political power to shaping the rules for the benefit and throwing around financial power to kick out or buy up any potential competitor. "
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In her plan, Warren specifically mentioned that she wants to relax Facebook's acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp, an idea that has gained traction on both sides of the political aisle.
During his meetings with DC lawmakers, Zuckerberg met Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., who has proposed a Bill to ban features that allow unlimited scrolling, autoplay and other addictive features on social media, Hawley said on Twitter that he asked Facebook's founder to show he "looks seriously at bias, privacy and competition" and sells WhatsApp and Instagram, as well as submitting to a third-party review on censorship.
"He said no to both," Hawley tweeted. old on their platforms. Under the Ending Internet Censors Act, these companies are able to "retain Section 230 protection if they prove to be politically neutral against a third-party auditor," a Hawley spokesman told Fox News.
Zuckerberg's visit to Washington came in the midst of a bias period for Facebook, with lawmakers asking for closer examination of the company amid concerns about privacy and censorship. Facebook is currently facing an antitrust probe led by the attorney general and a separate antitrust investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC).
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This story has been updated to include Elizabeth Wear's response.
Fox News & # 39; Morgan Phillis, James Rogers and the Associated Press contributed to this report.