Facebook Responds After Former Exec Suggests It's Destroying Our Minds And Society

Pauline Gross
December 15, 2017

While Palihapitiya does go on to say that Facebook as a company "overwhelmingly does good in the world", he is one of a number of former Facebook employees - including early investor Sean Parker and former Facebook product manager Antonio Garcia-Martinez - who have grown anxious about and spoken against the power of social media in today's age. "I feel tremendous guilt".

'I think we all knew in the back of our minds-even though we feigned this whole line of, like, there probably aren't any bad unintended consequences.

"There was a hoax in WhatsApp where in some like village in India, people were afraid that their kids were going to get kidnapped etc and then there were these lynchings that happened as a result, where people were like vigilante, running around, they think they found the person, I mean seriously", he said.

Facebook is hitting back at a former executive who blasted the company for "ripping apart the social fabric".

Facebook has fired back at its former executive who previously said that social media was "ripping apart" society.

Palihapitiya left Facebook in 2011 to start a venture capital fund investing in everything from technology and healthcare to education and financial services, TechCruch reports.

As of June, Facebook had 2 billion users worldwide, Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg wrote on the social network.

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He suggested that people take a "hard break" from social networking.

"And it's not an American problem".

Still, Palihapitiya said he doesn't let his children use devices and reiterated his belief that social media is hurting how society works. "We get rewarded with these short-term signals-hearts, likes, thumbs up".

He further explained that, "Your behaviors-you don't realize it but you are being programmed". "It was unintentional, but now you gotta decide how much you are willing to give up, how much of your intellectual independence".

"We conflate that with value and we conflate it with truth, and instead, what it really is is fake, brittle popularity that's short term and leaves you even more vacant and empty before you did it", Palihaptitya added.

Several former Facebook executives have criticized the giant they helped create.

In November, Facebook's founding president Sean Parker told Mike Allen from Axios that the network "exploits a vulnerability in human psychology" by creating a "social-validation feedback loop". "Where I made a decision to spend my time is to take the capital they rewarded me with and now focus on the structural changes that I can control", he said, his top areas of interest being diabetes (because of a family history of the disease), education and climate change. Notably, though, at the end of Yom Kippur this year, Zuckerberg posted an apology on his Facebook account "for the ways my work was used to divide people rather than bring us together" and vowed to do better.

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