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Tech & Science Former Facebook executive says social media is destroying society

04:23  12 december  2017
04:23  12 december  2017 Source:   techly.com.au

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That changed as Facebook ’s popularity exploded, he said . To date, the social network has more than 2 billion monthly users around the world and continues to That is truly where we are,” he said . “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how society works

Chamath Palihapitiya, former vice-president of user growth, expressed regret for his part in building tools that destroy ‘the social fabric of how society works’.

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CEO and wide-eyed Facebook evangelist Mark Zuckerberg first claimed the idea was ridiculous, but as the evidence mounted, he apologised and then changed the social network’s policy towards news sources.

Now, Facebook executives are starting to speak out against the social network, shedding more negative light on the techno-utopia Zuck thinks he’s building.

Speaking at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, former Facebook Vice President of User Growth Chamath Palihapitiya told the audience that he feels “tremendous guilt” about the social network he helped make.

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Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he feels “tremendous guilt” about the company he helped make.

Former Facebook exec: "I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works. The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth.

“I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,” he said.

“People need a hard break from some these tools and the things that you rely on… The short-term, dopamine-drive feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works. No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth.”

Palihapitiya went on the explain that he has stopped using Facebook, and urged people to take a “hard break” from social media so that they can avoid being “programmed”.

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A former VP for User Growth at Facebook – expressed concerns that social media platforms have become tools ripping apart the social fabrics of society . “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works,” said Palihapitiya, according to a report from

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Last month, former Facebook president Sean Parker spoke about the platform in a similar way.

During a talk at an Axios event in Philadelphia, Parker said he has become a “conscientious objector” on social media.

“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… It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways,” he said.

“God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.”

Parker added that Facebook was specifically built to consume “as much of your time and conscious attention as possible.”

In May, former Facebook product manager Antonio Garcia-Martinez wrote a piece in The Guardian about the evils of Facebook’s micro-targeted advertising.

These people are all experts in their fields who have worked at Facebook and seen it from the inside. They all seem to say the same thing: something is rotten in the state of social.

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