Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook with Mark Zuckerberg, has argued that it is time to “break with Facebook.” He has done it from an opinion piece published in the American newspaper The New York Times.
“Chris Huges believes that Zuckerberg has more influence than anyone else in the private or government sector.”
The former founder has been very critical of the company’s decisions and the scandals related to privacy practices that left millions of user data in the hands of a political consultant. In addition, he has criticized the monopolistic practices of the company with the acquisition of WhatsApp and Instagram.
The co-founder of Facebook believes that the company should break up. Hughes defends that Facebook should withdraw its Instagram and WhatsApp businesses so that the three can become different companies. The objective of this would be to return to a more competitive social media market.
Chris Hughes has also criticized other practices of the company to face its rivals, as is the case of Snapchat, which continues to grow today. According to Hughes, Snapchat posed a threat to Facebook as this platform did not interact with the company’s ecosystem and was a good alternative to Facebook and Instagram. As there was no way to harm or close the platform, Facebook opted to copy it.
The co-founder also highlighted some words of Zuckerberg in a meeting in 2016 with the employees of the company: «Do not be too proud to copy it». Hughes states in his article that this phrase became an informal Facebook slogan.
He also talked about Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook and current director of the company. Hughes has defined Zuckerberg as a kind and good person; However, he argues that his great power and influence have led him to sacrifice security and civility for clicks.
Chris Hughes, in addition, proposes that the administration of the United States create a government agency that regulates large technology companies such as Facebook so that the privacy of people is protected. In his article he concludes:
«Mark Zuckerberg can no longer fix Facebook, but our government does».