He accused Facebook of acquiring or copying all of its competitors to achieve dominance in the social media field, meaning that investors were reluctant to back any rivals because they know they can not compete for long. "It's on our government to ensure that we never lose the magic of the invisible hand", he wrote, referring to the economics metaphor, rather than some new feature for hiding body parts that Facebook has been working on.
For example, Justin Rosenstein, who created Facebook's famous "Like" button, said Facebook and other social networks as they're now set up could be hurting individual psychology, according to The Verge.
Nick Clegg has hit back at calls for Facebook to be broken up after claiming that critics should focus on "getting the rules of the internet right" and not "dismantling successful American companies".
"The American government needs to do two things: break up Facebook's monopoly and regulate the company to make it more accountable to the American people", Hughes said.
Context: Hughes left Facebook to work in politics, specifically with former President Barack Obama.
"It's been 15 years since I co-founded Facebook at Harvard, and I haven't worked at the company in a decade".
Meanwhile, Facebook faces a fine of as much as $5 billion from the Federal Trade Commission over privacy violations.
Now the social network's VP for global affairs and communications, Nick Clegg, has responded with his own op-ed in the Times. "But I feel a sense of anger and responsibility", Hughes said. Kamala Harris also said breaking up the company is something that "we have to seriously take a look at". Hughes bemoans the lack of oversight into hugely powerful companies, like Facebook, and warns that in continuing to do so, the government is doing a bad disservice to the American way. Hughes implied social media sites are just as essential to Americans as smart phones, but unlike that market, Facebook doesn't have enough competition. But critics say the amount is but a slap on the wrist for a company that had $55.8 billion in revenue a year ago.
"These laws, developed in the 1800s, are not meant to punish a company because people disagree with its management", wrote Clegg, who argued that antitrust law was instead intended to ensure that consumers had access to affordable, good-quality products.
"The - your biggest concern, you say in the piece is the degree to which Mark Zuckerberg has nearly total control over what information we all read about, access", said Zakaria.
Fellow Facebook founder Dustin Moskovitz took aim at Hughes on Twitter, suggesting he was alone in his opinion. "So I think that if what you care about is democracy and elections, then you want a company like us to be able to invest billions of dollars per year like we are in building up really advanced tools to fight election interference". "Would love to chat about it if you're open", Mosseri said.