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Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has said he will "get to the point" and fight efforts to wipe out the social networking giant, according to the audio leak of employee meetings.

The leaked audio, obtained by the technical site The Verge, originated in two meetings that Zuckerberg held with Facebook employees in July.

The sessions covered a variety of topics, including increasing calls from lawmakers to break Facebook. Zuckerberg said Facebook would legally challenge any effort to split the technology giant.

"We care about our country and we want to work with our government and do good things, Zuckerberg said. "But look, at the end of the day, if someone tries to threaten something so existential, you go to the mat and fight."

Zuckerberg also said breaking Facebook, or other tech titans like Google and Amazon, will not resolve issues raised by lawmakers, including how they deal with the spread of misinformation on their platforms.

"This does not make interference in the elections any less likely," Zuckerberg said. "This makes it more likely because now companies can't coordinate and work together."

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Zuckerberg has long said that Facebook should not be dismembered, despite calls for change, including co-founder Chris Hughes, who wrote in a May article to the New York Times, that Zuckerberg's accumulated power is "unprecedented and anti-American."

Two weeks after this article, Zuckerberg said in a call with reporters that a separation would make coping issues more challenging.

Follow Brett Molina on Twitter: @ brettmolina23.

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