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European lawmakers tell Zuckerberg they could regulate - or break up - Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg, ceo and founder of Facebook Inc., center, leaves after testifying at the European Union (EU) parliament in Brussels, Belgium, on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Foto: Bloomberg photo by Dario Pignatelli

European lawmakers pilloried Mark Zuckerberg at a hearing Tuesday for Facebook's recent privacy and misinformation mishaps and raised the possibility of new regulation, a more realistic threat than what the social media giant faces in the United States.

The tough questions from political leaders in European Parliament reflected growing unease in Brussels about Facebook's ability to protect its users' personal information and combat fake news, terrorist propaganda and other malicious content on its platform. At one point, policymakers told Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, that the company had become so large, powerful and out of control that it should be investigated and broken up...

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