October 1, 2019 / 1:48 PM / 21 days ago

Zuckerberg says breaking up tech firms make election interference more likely - Verge

Oct 1 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said that breaking up tech companies would make election interference more likely, according to transcripts of an internal company meeting from July published by The Verge.

Reuters was not able to independently verify the authenticity of the transcript.

Zuckerberg added that Facebook would face legal challenges if Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren was elected as U.S. President, as she has vowed to break up giant tech companies like Amazon.com Inc, Alphabet Inc's Google.

".. and I would bet that we will win the legal challenge. And does that still suck for us? Yeah. I mean, I don't want to have a major lawsuit against our own government," the transcript read. (bit.ly/2oZeZAv)

"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," Warren tweeted. (bit.ly/2ogaeSx)

Facebook did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. (Reporting by Ayanti Bera and Amal S in Bengaluru; Editing by Shounak Dasgupta)

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