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Have to seriously take look at breaking up Facebook: Harris

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

The US should consider breaking up Facebook, according to Harris, the first Indian-origin and one of the Democrats eyeing the in the 2020 presidential race, saying that the world's largest company is "essentially a utility that has gone unregulated".

Harris, from where all the are based, said that has experienced massive growth and has prioritised its growth consumers' interests, especially on privacy, she said in an interview to on Sunday.

"I think we have to seriously take a look at that, yes. When you look at the issue, they're essentially a utility," Harris, 54, 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 recognise 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, had also stressed upon the possibility of breaking up

Facebook has been under scrutiny from regulators around the world over data sharing practices.

Facebook is set to pay a fine of anywhere from USD 3 billion to USD 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.

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First Published: Mon, May 13 2019. 13:41 IST