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Co-founder of Facebook calls for it to be broken up

Mr Hughes claimed recent scandals and Mr Zuckerberg's control over Facebook's wide range of businesses and users were key problems (Dominic Lipinski/PA)
Mr Hughes claimed recent scandals and Mr Zuckerberg's control over Facebook's wide range of businesses and users were key problems (Dominic Lipinski/PA)

By Martyn Landi

The co-founder of Facebook has called for the social network to be broken up, labelling the power of chief executive Mark Zuckerberg "unprecedented and un-American".

Chris Hughes, who created the platform alongside Mr Zuckerberg when the pair were at Harvard University but left the company in 2007, said the US government needed to hold the firm to account.

Mr Hughes claimed recent scandals and Mr Zuckerberg's control over Facebook's wide range of businesses and users were key problems.

"Mark's influence is staggering - far beyond that of anyone else in the private sector or in government," he said.

"He controls three core communications platforms that billions of people use every day.

"Facebook's board works more like an advisory committee than an overseer because Mark has around 60% of voting shares.

"Mark alone can decide how to configure Facebook's algorithms to determine what people see in their news feeds, what privacy settings they can use and even which messages get delivered."

Mr Hughes added that Facebook's influence on society was another reason it needed to be curbed.

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