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Seriously look at breaking up Facebook: Kamala Harris

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We should take a serious look at breaking up as the social network platform is a "utility that has gone unregulated", Senator Harris has stressed.

In an interview with on Sunday, Harris said that has experienced massive growth and has prioritized its growth over the best interests of its consumers.

"I think we have to seriously take a look at that, yes. When you look at the issue, they're essentially a utility," Harris was quoted as saying.

"There are very few people that can actually get by, and be involved in their communities and society, or in whatever their profession, without somehow, somewhere using It's very difficult for people to be engaged in any level of commerce without it.

"So, we have to recognize it for what it is: It is essentially a utility that has gone unregulated. And as far as I'm concerned, that's got to stop," Harris added.

Earlier, another Democratic 2020 candidate, Senator had also stressed upon the possibility of breaking up Facebook.

Facebook is set to pay a fine of anywhere from $3 billion to $5 billion to the (FTC) over its handling of users' data and privacy violations, especially the Cambridge Analytica data scandal which involved 87 million users.

Facebook has rejected the call for breaking up his company, saying the size of Facebook was actually a benefit to its users and for the security of the democratic process.

Zuckerberg dismissed the claim made by his long-time friend and Facebook that it is time to break up Facebook.

In an opinion piece in last week, Hughes said the government must hold Mark (Zuckerberg) accountable.

In a separate opinion piece in the NYT, Nick Clegg, who is the in Facebook, said that success should not be penalised.

"Facebook shouldn't be broken up but it does need to be held to account," Clegg wrote.

"Hughes maintains that lawmakers merely marvel at Facebook's explosive growth and have overlooked their own responsibility to protect the public through more competition.

"This argument holds dangerous implications for the American technology sector, the strongest pillar of the economy. And it reveals misunderstandings of Facebook and the central purpose of antitrust law," Clegg argued.

case is being looked at as a measure of the Donald Trump administration's willingness to regulate US tech companies.



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First Published: Mon, May 13 2019. 09:24 IST