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Facebook says it needs more regulation, not a breakup


Facebook wasn’t content offering a brief statement rejecting co-founder Chris Hughes’ call to break up the social network. Global Affairs and Communications VP Nick Clegg has published an opinion piece in the New York Times criticizing Hughes’ argument and reiterating the company’s desire for more regulation instead.

When Hughes said that politicians ignored their responsibility to ensure competition, Clegg argued, he supposedly “misunderstood” both Facebook and the goals of competition law.

Clegg contended that Facebook was really a large firm made of “many smaller pieces,” each competing against multiple rivals, and wasn’t dominant in some markets. It had ‘just’ 20 percent of the US online ad space, for instance.

The ex-politician also maintained that antitrust law was meant to protect customers by ensuring low prices and high quality, not to “punish” a company over disagreements or its size. “Big in itself isn’t bad,” he said.

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