By Ryan Tracy

 

In response to a question from Sen. Todd Young (R. Ind.), Frances Haugen expressed doubt over whether breaking up Facebook Inc. would solve the problems she described.

"I'm actually against the breaking up of Facebook," she said. "The problems here about the design of algorithms, of AI" and executives could make similar choices even if Facebook and Instagram were separate companies.

She suggested that if the companies were separate, but Instagram generated more revenue than Facebook over time, Facebook might have less of an ability to make the main Facebook platform safe. "Facebook will continue to be this Frankenstein that is altering, that is endangering lives around the world, only there won't be money to fund it," she said.

The FTC is pursuing an antitrust lawsuit that seeks to break up Facebook, and many members of Congress have said they believe that if Facebook had more competition it would be more likely to address concerns about harmful impacts of its products. Facebook says it faces substantial competition.

 

Write to Ryan Tracy at ryan.tracy@wsj.com

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

October 05, 2021 14:15 ET (18:15 GMT)

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