Ahead of antitrust hearing, tech CEOs defend their companies

“Many other tech companies share these values, but there’s no guarantee our values will win out,” he will say. “For example, China is building its own version of the internet focused on very different ideas, and they are exporting their vision to other countries.”

Zuckerberg says that being a large company with significant reach allows Facebook also to tackle problems “at scale” although he leaves out the fact that the problems being addressed are themselves the result of the platform’s size and reach.

“From election security to building more privacy-protective products, we are bringing significant technical and financial resources to bear on the challenges we face,” Zuckerberg says. “For example, we now have more than 35,000 people working on safety and security — three times as many as we had just three years ago.”

Zuckerberg, like Google’s Pichai, also highlights the company’s work on artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality technologies, adding that Facebook invests about $10 billion annually in research and development.

Under American law it’s not a crime to be a big company, Zuckerberg says, adding that large companies go out of business, for example, like Sun Microsystems, a once dominant Silicon Valley player.

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