“The dismantling is not a solution” : Zuckerberg meets the co-founder of Facebook

In fifteen years, Facebook is becoming a social network, used by one third of the world’s population. Since the beginning of its success, voices were raised to denounce an overpowering monopoly, which endangers the privacy of its users. A monopoly is all the more problematic that the company has meticulously acquired a number of competitors such as WhatsApp and Instagram and appears almost inevitable for the consumer.

Chris Hughes, the co-founder of Facebook, has recently created controversy by posting a forum extreme in the New York Times, in which he called Zuckerberg to dismantle his company. Despite the fortune that he has reported, he claims to have become aware of the dangers of the network since the presidential election of 2016, and the case of Cambridge Analytica. It specifies, therefore, be in favour of the cancellation of the acquisitions of Instagram and WhatsApp ” in a short period of time “ so that these remain separate from Facebook. An idea that seduces more and more of elected officials in the u.s., which is wary of more and more of the immense power of the GAFA.

“Mark is a nice man, a good person […] But it has created a Leviathan that eliminates the spirit of enterprise and restricts the choice of consumers. […] I’m angry that its obsession with growth has led to sacrificing security and the public something to a few clicks. I am disappointed in myself and the team history of Facebook, for not having thought about how its algorithms would change our culture, to influence our elections and give greater powers to populist leaders. “

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Statements that one makes a bomb effect, in which the captains of the company have the answer. Interviewed on France Info, Zuckerberg is mounted to the niche to defend his company, recalling that it was investing now heavily in solutions to fight against the interference in democratic, but also the moderation of inappropriate content, which is a real problem of social networks.

“If you feel really concerned with democracy, then you want a company like ours, which invests billions of dollars per year to create advanced tools to combat interference in the elections. […] Dismantle Facebook is not a solution “

Nick Clegg, the director of public affairs of the firm, has also decided to respond to Hughes in the New York Times. He explains that Facebook is not the leader of the messaging in certain markets, such as China, Japan and even the United States, or it is confronted with businesses like iMessage, Skype, or even:. The same holds true for the video in the face of the giant YouTube or firms such as Snapchat. A way to temper the qualification of abuse of a dominant position.

Clegg is careful also to mention the term “monopoly” and prefers to use the ” success “. As you might expect, it highlights the revolution induced by Facebook rather than the wrongs alleged against him. He noted, however, that the company agrees actively to not know the same excesses as in the past.

“The success should not be penalized. Our success has allowed billions of people around the world access to new ways to communicate with each other. “

Zuckerberg was also able to meet with the president of france Emmanuel Macron on issues related to moderation. The head of State was committed to combat hate speech online and the sharing of the content violent and/or terrorist.