By Jessica Corbett / <a href="www.commondreams.org/news/2019/05/09/citing-unprecedented-power-zuckerberg-facebook-co-founder-says-time-break-it">Common Dreams</a>
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Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes joined the growing group of tech experts, privacy advocates, and politicians publicly raising alarm about the “staggering” power of chief executive Mark Zuckerberg—and, in a lengthy New York Times op-ed published Thursday, called on the government to break up the social media behemoth.
Hughes, who left Facebook over a decade ago, is now a co-chairman of the Economic Security Project and a senior adviser at the Roosevelt Institute.
In the Times, Hughes described Zuckerberg as “a good, kind person” while also detailing how his former college roommate’s influence goes “far beyond that of anyone else in the private sector or in government” and why that’s a problem.
He controls three core communications platforms—Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp—that billions of people use every day. Facebook’s board works more like an advisory committee than an overseer, because Mark controls around 60 percent 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….