Should Elizabeth Warren become the next president, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wouldn’t be too happy. Audio of a staff meeting at the social media tech company leaked online today and you can clearly hear Zuckerberg voicing his concerns about Warren’s plan to break up big tech companies.
“There might be a political movement where people are angry at the tech companies or are worried about concentration or worried about different issues and worried that they’re not being handled well,” Zuckerberg said. “That doesn’t mean that, even if there’s anger and that you have someone like Elizabeth Warren who thinks that the right answer is to break up the companies. I mean, if she gets elected president, then I would bet that we will have a legal challenge, and I would bet that we will win the legal challenge.”
He goes on to say:
Does that still suck for us? Yeah. I mean, I don’t want to have a major lawsuit against our own government. I mean, that’s not the position that you want to be in … It’s like, we care about our country and want to work with our government and do good things. But look, at the end of the day, if someone’s going to try to threaten something that existential, you go to the mat and you fight.
Elizabeth Warren wasn’t too fond of Zuckerberg’s comments, tweeting a response to the report.
“What would really ‘suck’ is if we don’t fix a corrupt system that lets giant companies like Facebook engage in illegal anticompetitive practices, stomp on consumer privacy rights, and repeatedly fumble their responsibility to protect our democracy,” she said.
What would really “suck” is if we don’t fix a corrupt system that lets giant companies like Facebook engage in illegal anticompetitive practices, stomp on consumer privacy rights, and repeatedly fumble their responsibility to protect our democracy. https://t.co/rI0v55KKAi
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) October 1, 2019
She then tweeted she isn’t afraid to take on big tech and break companies up.
Warren has seen a surge in the polls recently, with some putting her out in front of former Vice President Joe Biden.