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Technology Zuckerberg says he's ready for a legal fight if Warren becomes president

18:40  01 october  2019
18:40  01 october  2019 Source:   cnet.com

Zuckerberg says if Warren becomes president, Facebook would sue U.S. gov't: 'You go to the mat and fight'

  Zuckerberg says if Warren becomes president, Facebook would sue U.S. gov't: 'You go to the mat and fight' Leaked audio comments from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly include him saying that the tech company would likely have no choice but to sue the U.S. government to stave off being broken up if Elizabeth Warren becomes president. © Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesThe comments, obtained by The Verge, span a wide range of topics and deep insight into Zuckerberg's thinking, going much further than the usually stoic CEO appears in public.

Leaked audio comments from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reportedly include him saying that the tech company would likely have no choice but 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

He adds: “That doesn’t mean that, even if there’ s anger … that you have someone like Elizabeth Warren who thinks that the right answer is to break up the If Warren is elected, Zuckerberg says , “I would bet that we will have a legal challenge, and I would bet that we will win the legal challenge.

Mark Zuckerberg is ready to "go to the mat" and fight for Facebook if Sen. Elizabeth Warren becomes president. Zuckerberg said he doesn't want to be in a legal fight with the government, but that if Warren, a 2020 democratic candidate, is elected, he expects there to be a legal challenge. And he expects to win.

Mark Zuckerberg holding a racket: In leaked audio, Mark Zuckerberg tells employees he'll fight regulators that want to break of Facebook. James Martin/CNET© Provided by CBS Interactive Inc. In leaked audio, Mark Zuckerberg tells employees he'll fight regulators that want to break of Facebook. James Martin/CNET

That's just one tidbit from audio of internal Facebook meetings obtained by The Verge and published on Tuesday. During two meetings, which reportedly took place in July, Zuckerberg also talked with employees about the company's Libra cryptocurrency, protecting content moderators and the rise of TikTok.

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Zuckerberg told employees he 'd expect legal action on antitrust matters if Sen. Elizabeth Warren , D-Mass., were to become president . In one of the July meetings, for example, Zuckerberg told employees that if Warren , D-Mass., becomes president , "then I would bet that we will have a legal

Elizabeth Warren should expect a huge legal battle if she becomes the next US president and tries to lead a breakup of Facebook. Asked by an employee about Warren and a potential breakup, Zuckerberg said , “I’m certainly worried that someone is going to try to break up our company.”

Warren has been calling for tech giants like Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple to be broken up because they have too much power over economy, society and democracy. During one of the Facebook meetings, Zuckerberg reportedly told employees that breaking up tech companies won't actually solve any issues.

"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," said Zuckerberg, according to The Verge. "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."

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He promised that should Warren become president , Facebook would likely “have a legal challenge, and I would bet that we will win the legal challenge." Warren was quick to react, saying the existing US regulations allowed Facebook to engage in “illegal anti-competitive practices” and “stomp” on

Last week, Zuckerberg announced that he had poached Uber executive David Plouffe, a former campaign manager for Barack Obama, as CZI' s president of policy and advocacy. Calling for a movement, backed by bipartisan political operatives, sounds awfully presidential , but Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg holding a racket© CNET

In tweets responding to the leaked audio on Tuesday, Warren said she's not afraid to hold big tech companies accountable.

"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 tweeted.

Facebook didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

Elizabeth Warren says she won't take major donations from big tech executives .
The presidential candidate swears off donations more than $200 from executives in tech and finance."Money slithers through every part of our political system, corrupting democracy and taking power away from the people," Warrren wrote in a post on her website. "Big companies and billionaires spend millions to push Congress to adopt or block legislation.

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