“You have someone like Elizabeth Warren who thinks that the right answer is to break up the companies,” Zuckerberg said in a meeting with Facebook employees this summer, according to the audio obtained by The Verge. “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.”
He added: “But look, at the end of the day, if someone’s going to try to threaten something that existential, you go to the mat and you fight.”
A Facebook spokesperson told CNN the company would not be commenting on the story.
The audio offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at how Zuckerberg discusses Facebook’s regulatory troubles inside the company’s walls, rather than in press interviews and public testimony before Congress.
In the leaked audio, Zuckerberg said he’s against breaking up big tech companies, and that doing so won’t “actually solve the issues.” He also said it would make election interference more likely because then companies couldn’t coordinate and work together.
“It’s why Twitter can’t do as good of a job as we can. I mean, they face, qualitatively, the same types of issues,” he said. “But they can’t put in the investment. Our investment on safety is bigger than the whole revenue of their company.”