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Zuckerberg to Battle Warren Over Facebook’s Future if She Becomes President

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Mark Zuckerberg is not an Elizabeth Warren supporter – to say the least. In fact, he is reported to have told many of his Facebook employees he plans to “go to the mat” with her should she become president. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Mark Zuckerberg is not an Elizabeth Warren supporter – to say the least.

By Howard M. Riell

In fact, he is reported to have told many of his Facebook employees he plans to “go to the mat” with her should she become president.

“The giant social network’s CEO, striking a defiant tone against critics at an all-hands meeting in July that was secretly captured on audio, said Facebook would fight tooth-and-nail against any attempt to break up the company,” reported the New York Post. “The 35-year-old tech tycoon added that he expects a legal challenge from Warren if she is elected to the White House, according to audio obtained by The Verge.”

“If she gets elected president, then I would bet that we will have a legal challenge, and I would bet that we will win that legal challenge,” Zuckerberg told his employees,” according to the Post. “And does that suck for us? Yeah,” Zuckerberg added. “I mean, I don’t want to have a major lawsuit against our own government.” But “if someone’s going to try to threaten something that existential, you go to the mat and you fight.”

Wrote Warren on Twitter: “What would really ‘suck’ is if we don’t fix a corrupt system that lets giant companies like Facebook engage in illegal anticompetitive practices, stomp on consumer privacy rights, and repeatedly fumble their responsibility to protect our democracy,” the Democratic presidential candidate wrote.”

Warren introduced her proposal to break up Facebook, Amazon and other tech giants in March. To get her message across, she also paid for a billboard in San Francisco that read “Break Up Big Tech,” in capital letters.

“On Tuesday, nearly seven months after Ms. Warren first unveiled her plan, The Verge offered a window into what Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, thinks about it. In leaked audio recordings of open meetings with employees this summer, Mr. Zuckerberg can be heard saying that the company would sue if Ms. Warren were to enact the plan as president,” reported The New York Times. ““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,” he said.

“The Massachusetts Democrat and presidential hopeful for 2020 has been at the epicenter of calls to break up technology giants like Facebook Inc., as well as Google-parent Alphabet Inc. and Amazon.com Inc.,” Barron’s reported.

“Today’s big tech companies have too much power—too much power over our economy, our society, and our democracy. They’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field against everyone else,” she wrote in a March blog post on Medium.”

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