Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, told an audience at Stanford Graduate School of Business: "I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works". Parker said last month that Facebook was created to purposely exploit our psychology, and according to Palihapitiya, social media destroys society.
The former exec went so far as to say that he feels "tremendous guilt" for the influence that Facebook has had on people and its ability to manipulate users.
He mentioned the "short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops" that Parker had said Facebook was built to exploit.
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A second, related way social media destroys society, according to Palihapitiya, is by averting "civil discourse" and cooperation. "This is a global problem". He said he didn't want to be programmed himself, emphasizing he "doesn't use this shit" and his kids are not allowed to use "this shit" either-also recommending that everyone take a "hard break" from social media. The two former Facebook executives are referring to what happens in the brain when someone likes or engages with our posts on social media.
In particular, he described an incident in India where hoax messages about kidnappings were shared on WhatsApp.
Palihapitiya said while he did not have a good solution, he encouraged young people to understand how important Facebook's impact was and to do something about social media's affects on society.
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