Has Facebook gotten a little too big for its britches?
An interview with Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes revealed some interesting yet controversial opinions about the billion-dollar social media company.
Hughes founded the company alongside current CEO Mark Zuckerberg in their dormitory room back in 2004 when they were still undergraduate students at Harvard University.
Although Facebook has now become one of the most successful companies in the modern world, Hughes believes that it’s now time for the company to be “broken up,” saying that it may be making Zuckerberg “far too powerful”.
“It’s time to break up Facebook,” Hughes says, citing Zuckerberg’s focus on growth as a reason for the latter to “sacrifice security and civility for clicks.”
On the other side of the story, while Facebook does acknowledge Hughes’ statement, the company refuses to accept his claims.
“Facebook accepts that with success comes accountability,” says Nick Clegg, the social media company’s vice president of global affairs and communications. “But you don’t enforce accountability by calling for the breakup of a successful American company.”
Currently, Facebook owns various social media apps, including Instagram and WhatsApp. Combined, Facebook’s entire family of apps is used by more than 2 billion people each day, or about 1 out of 3 people on a daily basis.