The pros and cons of breaking up Facebook

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Facebook’s long campaign to keep conservatives happy didn’t buy it protection from a potential breakup, said Jordan Weissmann at Slate. Last week, the Federal Trade Commission and 46 states “filed a massive pair of antitrust suits” accusing Facebook of buying rivals Instagram and WhatsApp to prevent them from competing. The twin cases are “a concerted, full-frontal assault on Mark Zuckerberg’s empire,” and it’s what he deserves. For the past four years, Zuckerberg “bent over backward to avoid offending the Trump administration” while Facebook “kept the traffic flowing to the right-wing fever swamps.”


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