About the authors: Anthea Roberts is a professor in the School of Regulation and Global Governance at Australian National University and author of Is International Law International? Nicolas Lamp is associate professor in the Faculty of Law at Queen’s University, Ontario.



founder Mark Zuckerberg testified at a Senate hearing in 2018, a journalist snapped a photo of his notes. If he was asked about whether Facebook should be broken up, his notes prompted: “U.S. tech companies key asset for America; break up strengthens Chinese companies.” 

Tim Wu, a presidential adviser on tech competition, has called this Facebook’s China argument. When confronted with criticisms of their monopolistic market position, anti-competitive practices, and privacy violations, U.S. tech companies may essentially warn: Don’t you realize that if you damage us, you’ll just…

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