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Last Updated : May 17, 2019 09:51 PM IST | Source: Reuters

Facebook breakup would be solution of last resort: EU's Vestager

The EU antitrust chief was asked about Facebook at the VivaTech technology conference in Paris after leading US Democratic politicians and one of Facebook's co-founders recently spoke in favour of a break-up of the company.

A break-up of US social media company Facebook would be a solution of last resort that would probably generate long judicial procedures, EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said on May 17.

The EU antitrust chief was asked about Facebook at the VivaTech technology conference in Paris after leading US Democratic politicians and one of Facebook's co-founders recently spoke in favour of a break-up of the company.

"Of course it would be a remedy of very last resort. I think it would keep us in court for maybe a decade. It is much more direct and maybe much more powerful to say we need access to data," Vestager told reporters.

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's co-founder and former college roommate Chris Hughes this month used a New York Times opinion piece to urge US regulators to break up the tech giant.

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First Published on May 17, 2019 09:50 pm
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