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Former Facebook Executive Argues Zuckerberg Should Give Up CEO Role

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has too much power and should give up his position to focus on product development, former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos said Tuesday. Mr. Stamos’s comments, delivered from a stage at the Collision tech conference in Toronto, make him the second former senior Facebook employee this month to argue that Mr. Zuckerberg has more power than any one corporate chief should.

“There’s a legit argument that [Mark Zuckerberg] has too much power,” Mr. Stamos said. “He needs to give up some of that power. If I was him, I would go hire a new CEO for the company.” 

Whether he likes it or not, Mr. Stamos is now likely to be swept up in the growing national debate over Facebook’s outsized power. Democratic presidential candidates as well as lawmakers from both sides of the political divide have called for stricter regulation or a breakup of the company. Facebook itself has acknowledged it needs more regulation. Mr. Stamos did not join the chorus of voices calling for a breakup. “Having three companies that have the same fundamental problems doesn’t make anything better,” he said.

On May 9, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes wrote in the New York Times that Facebook should be broken up to check its influence. Mr. Stamos left Facebook in 2018 in the aftermath of criticisms of the company’s handling of public disclosures of Russia’s influence on the platform in the 2016 election.

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