– “As social media companies soar, former insiders among the fiercest critics”
“Blistering criticism of social media by two former Facebook insiders has brought a new patch of turbulence for the handful of companies that control the platforms even as their influence grows and their stock soars.
“‘These companies just are of almost unimaginable power in shaping what the public sphere is, and that brings with it special obligations,’ said Nicco Mele, director of the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.
“Both of the former Facebook executives voiced regret at how social media companies ensnare users by creating feedback loops of social validation from friends and acquaintances — preying on human vulnerabilities.
“In a talk last month at Stanford Business School, Chamath Palihapitiya, a former vice president of Facebook, said he felt “tremendous guilt” over what the company had become.”
“The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse. No cooperation. Misinformation,” Palihapitiya said. “We are in a really bad state of affairs right now, in my opinion. It is eroding the core foundations of how people behave by and between each other.”
“You don’t realize it but you are being programmed.
[Chamath Palihapitiya, former Facebook executive] told Stanford students that they face risks engaging with social media: ‘You don’t realize it but you are being programmed.’ He said he no longer uses social media and prohibits his children from doing so as well,” by T Johnson, McClatchy Newspapers, Washington, DC.
– “Former Facebook Exec: ‘You Don’t Realize It But You Are Being Programmed'”
Last month, Facebook’s first president Sean Parker opened up about his regrets over helping create social media as we know it today. “I don’t know if I really understood the consequences of what I was saying, because of the unintended consequences of a network when it grows to a billion or 2 billion people and it literally changes your relationship with society, with each other,” Parker said. “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.”
Chamath Palihapitiya, former vice president of user growth, also recently expressed his concerns. During a recent public discussion at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Palihapitiya—who worked at Facebook from 2005 to 2011—told the audience, “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.”
By Jennings Brown, Gizmodo.