Co-founder calls for the breakup of Facebook

Originally, Facebook was a project destined to facilitate the connection of students on university campuses. Chris Hughes was one of the co-founders and is now calling for the Internet company to be dismantled. The power of Facebook boss Zuckerberg is “unprecedented and un-American”.

In the mid-2000s, as Harvard students, Zuckerberg and Hughes, alongside others, set up the social network Facebook. But Hughes, of all people, is making a strong case for splitting up the company. The online network must be forced to divest the photo platform Instagram and the chat service WhatsApp.

“Mark is a good, kind person. But I’m angry that his focus on growth led him to sacrifice security and civility for clicks.”

Hughes claims that Zuckerberg is a “good, kind person”, but says that Facebook and Zuckerberg as its CEO have become a serious threat to privacy and data security.

Facebook reacted on Thursday to the attack of its co-founder and rejected his demand. A statement said: “Facebook accepts that success brings responsibility, but you don’t force responsibility by demanding the splitting of a successful American company.” Rather, new rules for the Internet are necessary – and this is exactly what Mark Zuckerberg is calling for.