Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been supportive of Democratic candidates in the past and liberal candidates.
But there’s one Democratic candidate who he doesn’t view as a good choice, at least not for Facebook.
According to audio leaked by The Verge, Zuckerberg revealed that the company would probably sue the government, if Warren were to win the presidency and try to break up Facebook. He termed Warren as an “existential” threat.
From Fox News:
“You have someone like Elizabeth Warren 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,” Zuckerberg was quoted as saying in two Q&A sessions with Facebook employees during July.
“And does that still suck for us? Yeah. I mean, I don’t want to have a major lawsuit against our own government. I mean, that’s not the position that you want to be in when you’re, you know, I mean … It’s like, we care about our country, and want to work with our government and do good things. 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 fight.”
Zuckerberg acknowledged that the comments were indeed his and encouraged people to read all his comments on the subject.
Warren has promised to try to break up Big Tech companies if she is elected, including companies like that Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple.
She reiterated that promise after Zuckerberg’s comments about her were revealed.
Facebook's anti-competitive mergers mean they face no real pressure to tackle disinformation. They won't even do the bare minimum to improve transparency.
Tech giants shouldn't be able to wield enough power to undermine our democracy. https://t.co/2gmiydwY76
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) October 1, 2019
The problem is that while she’s disturbed about the companies’ control of the tech, she would replace it with the government’s control and dictating rules for social media. Government control would be far worse.
Zuckerberg’s opinion reveals part of the great Democratic divide on Warren.
While she has adherents on the left, those more toward the middle and any remaining Democrats receptive to business and desirous of keeping their own money are very uneasy about her.
Some big donors have even said that if she gets the nomination, they may defect to President Donald Trump.
In recent weeks, CNBC spoke to several high-dollar Democratic donors and fundraisers in the business community and found that this opinion was becoming widely shared as Warren, an outspoken critic of big banks and corporations, gains momentum against Joe Biden in the 2020 race.
“You’re in a box because you’re a Democrat and you’re thinking, ‘I want to help the party, but she’s going to hurt me, so I’m going to help President Trump,’” said a senior private equity executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity in fear of retribution by party leaders.
That could spell ruin for her campaign and the Democrats.