Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes doesn’t recall Zuckerberg discussing the Iraq War at Harvard – CNBC

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes doesn’t recall Zuckerberg discussing the Iraq War at Harvard – CNBC

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Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes speaks at Manny's in San Francisco on Nov. 8, 2019. Salvador Rodriguez | CNBC Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes said on Friday that he doesn't recall Mark Zuckerberg ever discussing the Iraq War during the early days of the company, contradicting recent comments from the CEO tying the war to his views on free speech. "I had never heard that before, and the internet had never heard that before, " Hughes said an event with the Bay Area Chapter of the American Constitution Society. "I don't remember ever talking about that with Mark." Last month, Zuckerberg told an audience at Georgetown University that discussion about the Iraq War at Harvard, where he was a student, and on Facebook in its embryonic days, played a key role in his controversial positions on policing speech. Unlike other social media companies, Facebook has said it won't ban political advertising nor will it play the role of fact-checker. In claiming that Facebook was meant to promote dialogue about the Iraq War, which began in 2003, Zuckerberg took a departure from the well-known origin tale that includes the development of Facemash, a predecessor to Facebook where students ....


on May 14, 2004. Rick Friedman | Corbis | Getty Images Of late, Hughes has been a harsh critic of the company he co-founded. In May, he joined a growing chorus calling for a breakup of the company, publishing a lengthy New York Times opinion piece in which he argued that Facebook now holds more power over speech than a private entity should. "The most problematic aspect of Facebook's power is Mark's unilateral control over speech, " Hughes wrote. "There is no precedent for his ability to monitor, organize and even censor the conversations of two billion people." Hughes has reportedly met with officials from the Federal Trade Commission and the Justice Department as well as state attorneys general. They've all opened antitrust investigations into the social media company. At Friday's event, Hughes also called for the creation of a new federal government agency to oversee the tech industry, comparing it to existing bodies like the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Federal Aviation Administration and the Food and Drug Administration. .

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