Zuckerberg promised to ‘fight’ efforts by Sen. Warren to break up Facebook in leaked comments

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg told employees that the company was ready to “go to the mat and … fight” if Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a leading Democratic presidential candidate, follows through on her vow to try to break up major technology firms, according to a leaked recording of his remarks published Tuesday.

“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,” Zuckerberg said in a July meeting with employees, a transcript of which was published by the technology news site the Verge.

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Zuckerberg: I'll 'go to the mat and fight' Warren over plan to break up Facebook
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has said his company will “go to the mat” if Elizabeth Warren is elected president and seeks to fulfil her promise to break up America’s tech giants.

Having to mount a legal challenge, Zuckerberg said, would “suck for us”. In response, the Massachusetts senator said: “What would really ‘suck’ is if we don’t fix a corrupt system.”

Leaked Zuckerberg audio: 'You go to the mat and you fight'
Mark Zuckerberg has said he would “go to the mat” to fight against Facebook's break-up, in leaked audio published by tech news site The Verge.

US presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren has said she would consider splitting up it and other tech giants.

Facebook's founder also talked candidly about competing with rivals Twitter and TikTok, and the difficulties facing its crypto-currency Libra.

Mark Zuckerberg later confirmed on Facebook that the audio was genuine.

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