Mark Zuckerberg railed against Elizabeth Warren's proposal for breaking up tech giants in a leaked audio recording of an internal meeting in which he claimed he would be willing to 'got to the mat' and 'fight' the government should she become president.
The Facebook founder and CEO held two separate internal meetings in July where he answered questions from employees worried about the company's future.
'So there might be a political movement where people are angry at the tech companies or are worried about concentration,' Zuckerberg said when answering a question from one employee, according to a transcript published by The Verge on Tuesday. '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. And does that still suck for us? Yeah. I mean, I don't want to have a major lawsuit against our own government,' he continued. '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.'
Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees in an internal meeting in July that he would be willing to 'go to the mat' and 'fight' Elizabeth Warren should she become president and attempt to break up big tech companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon
The 2020 contender and Senator responded by claiming it would 'suck' more if government allowed tech companies to become monopolies. She also said these companies have a 'responsibility to protect our democracy'
The 2020 candidate responded on Twitter, claiming Facebook has a responsibility to protect democracy and insisting it would 'suck' more if the government didn't do anything to stop its supposedly 'corrupt' practices.
'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,' Warren wrote in a tweet.
'I'm not afraid to hold Big Tech companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon accountable. It's time to #BreakUpBigTech,' she wrote in another tweet, linking back to her campaign website.
Senator Warren, who most recently polls in either first or second place among Democratic voters, has a whole section of her campaign website dedicated to outlining her plan to 'break up big tech' like Facebook, Google and Amazon – companies she claims hold monopolies.
'Today's big tech companies have too much power — too much power over our economy, our society, and our democracy,' Warren charges in her proposal. 'They've bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field against everyone else.'
'That's why my administration will make big, structural changes to the tech sector to promote more competition — including breaking up Amazon, Facebook, and Google.'
Warren, who is either the first or second most popular candidate in most polls, says breaking up these companies will help stop the spread of hate speech and stifle those