George Skidmore
Looming Threat

Leaked Audio: Mark Zuckerberg Is Terrified of Elizabeth Warren

byDan Robitzski
10. 1. 19
George Skidmore

He called her plan to break up big tech an existential threat.

Internal Candor

Presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren’s plan to break up huge tech corporations has Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg suiting up for war.

At an internal Q&A session with Facebook employees, Zuckerberg spoke candidly about issues facing the company. His concerns ranged from election security and TikTok to the possibility of a Warren presidency, according to two hours of leaked audio obtained by The Verge. The takeaway: he’s very concerned about Warren, and willing to fight tooth and nail.

“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,” Zuckerberg said.

Gearing Up

When asked about rising political scrutiny and pressure facing Facebook, Zuckerberg said he’s not worried about Facebook being broken up on antitrust grounds. But he is concerned that someone — potentially Warren — will damage the company by attempting to do so.

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“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,” Zuckerberg said, according to The Verge‘s transcript of the leaked audio. “And does that still suck for us? Yeah. I mean, I don’t want to have a major lawsuit against our own government.”

Different Perspective

It’s not much of a surprise that Zuckerberg, who has maintained control of Facebook since founding it in 2004, opposes breaking up the company.

But he did admit that some concessions may be necessary to prevent antitrust action. He suggested that if people don’t feel like the government can oversee the tech sector, they’ll “demand more extreme measures.”

“I think that the direction of the discussion is concerning,” he said.

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READ MORE: All Hands On Deck [The Verge]

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