Facebook breach would be the solution of last resort: EU’s Vestager

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in conversation with the media at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, February 6, 2019. REUTERS/Yves Herman

PARIS (Reuters) – A break-up of the AMERICAN social media company, Facebook would be a solution of last resort that would probably generate lengthy court procedures, EU, eu-Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager said on Friday.

The european antitrust chief, was asked about Facebook on the VivaTech technology conference in Paris after the leading U.S. Democratic politicians and one of Facebook’s co-founders recently spoke in favor of a break-up of the company.

“It would of course be a solution of last resort. I think it would keep us in court for maybe a decade. It is much more direct and maybe more powerful to say that we need access to the data,” Vestager told reporters.

Facebook-founder Mark Zuckerberg’s co-founder and former college roommate Chris Hughes this month in a New York Times opinion piece to urge U.S. regulators for breaking the tech-giant.

Reporting by Gwenaelle Barzic; Writing by Geert De Clercq; Editing by David Goodman

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