Facebook revelations – will lawmakers get tough on Big Tech now?

Following revelations by whistleblower Frances Haugen and a global outage, Facebook faces renewed scrutiny. It could mark a tipping point and prompt lawmakers to get tough on the tech giant.

EU Competition Commissioner and Executive VP of the European Commission Margrethe Vestager told DW on Tuesday that breaking Facebook up could take years and said it was more important to take action so that things could change now.

She said democracies standing together can make real changes to how Facebook runs its platforms and said regulations needed to be tightened up when dealing with companies that could wield “immense influence” over democracy, and over people’s mental health.