Break up Facebook? That would just create more bad (and fake) news

By Carl Shapiro

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, prominent antitrust academics and even a Facebook founder have all called for an antitrust suit to break up Facebook. Now state attorneys general have announced an investigation.

But breakup advocates should be careful what they wish for because the real problems Facebook creates — addicting people like a drug, promoting fake news, allowing a foreign power to tip a presidential election, allowing mass murderers to broadcast their massacres and diminishing our privacy — are all likely to be aggravated, not mitigated, by a breakup.

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