New York (The Verge) — More Democrats are considering a breakup of Facebook theverge.com/interface/2019….
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are the latest to say they are thinking about it. The subject is in the news after a Facebook co-founder said it should spin off WhatsApp and Instagram
Increasingly, Democratic presidential candidates agree with him. Sen. Elizabeth Warren had already issued her call to break up big tech companies; yesterday, Sen. Kamala Harris said “we have to seriously take a look” at breaking up Facebook. Today, Joe Biden said a Big Tech breakup is “something we should take a really hard look at.”
And Facebook, for its part, finally responded at length. First, Nick Clegg, the company’s head of communications and policy, had an op-ed in the New York Times. He argued that the company has plenty of meaningful competition, and that breaking it up would only worsen problems around unchecked free speech and data protection. — Casey Newton/@verge