Facebook not a monopoly, Zuckerberg insists

UNDER THE MICROSCOPE. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg listens during a joint hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg took personal responsibility Tuesday for the leak of data on tens of millions of its users, while warning of an "arms race" against Russian disinformation during a high stakes face-to-face with US lawmakers. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski

FACEBOOK chief executive Mark Zuckerberg told lawmakers Tuesday that he does not believe his company is a monopoly.

Zuckerberg rejected the suggestion in a Senate hearing that the social media giant, with over two billion users worldwide, has exclusive control over its market.

“It certainly doesn’t feel like that to me,” he said when asked by Republican Senator Lindsey Graham if he thinks Facebook has a monopoly.

“The average American uses eight different apps to communicate with their friends and stay in touch with people. Ranging from texting apps to e-mail,” he said.

Google, Apple, Microsoft and Amazon all do some of the things that Facebook does, he told Graham.

But Zuckerberg, under attack for leaks of the personal data of tens of millions of users, said he was open to some government regulation.

“My position is not that there should be no regulation,” he told the panel.

“I think the real question as the internet becomes more important in people’s lives is what is the right regulation,” he said.

He said he was willing to work with Congress on what types of regulation would be necessary for the social media industry, pointing to Europe, where there are tighter rules on companies harvesting and marketing user data.

“I think they get things right,” he said of the Europeans.