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Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO and co-founder of Facebook, wants us to look at him differently. He wants us to imagine what the world would be like if people much worse than the benevolent leader he is were running the world’s largest social network.
“China is building its own version of the internet focused on very different ideas, and they are exporting their vision to other countries,” he said Wednesday in his opening statement before a House of Representatives antitrust subcommittee, a not so subtle dig at China’s efforts to reshape the internet . He also used the hearing to make jabs at one of his biggest competitors, the Chinese social networking app TikTok, which US government agencies and some companies say could be a national security threat .
“As Congress and other stakeholders consider how antitrust laws support competition in the US,” Zuckerberg said, “I believe it’s important to maintain the core values of openness and fairness that have made America’s digital economy a force for empowerment and opportunity here and around the world. … Many other tech companies share these values, but there’s no guarantee our values will win out.”