Kamala Harris Says Facebook Essentially an Unregulated ‘Utility’ We ‘Have to Seriously Take a Look’ at Breaking Up


Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) tells CNN’s Jake Tapper that Facebook “is essentially a utility that has gone unregulated” and lawmakers should take a serious look at breaking up the company.

Speaking on CNN’s State of the Union Sunday, the 2020 presidential candidate told Tapper that Facebook “has prioritized its growth over the best interest of its consumers, especially on the issue of privacy.”

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes recently called for the company to be broken up in an opinion piece for the New York Times that said CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s “focus on growth led him to sacrifice security and civility for clicks.”

Facebook executive Nick Clegg responded in an op-ed published Saturday that argued breaking up Facebook won’t fix the problems inherent in social media overall.

According to Harris, “there needs to be more oversight and that is not happening.”

When Tapper asked if the California senator was calling for the company to be broken up, she responded “I think we have to seriously take a look at that.”

“They are essentially a utility – there are very few people that can be involved in society or their communities without using Facebook,” Harris said.

Watch the clip above, via CNN.

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