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
A former Facebook executive has said he feels” tremendous guilt” over his work on” tools that are rending apart the social fabric of how civilization works”, joining a growing chorus of critics of the social media giant.
Chamath Palihapitiya, who was vice-president for user growing at Facebook before he left the company in 2011, said:” The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops that we have created are destroying how civilization runs. No civil discourse , no cooperation, misinformation, mistruth .”
” This is not about Russian ads ,” he added.” This is a world difficulty. It is eroding the core foundations of how people behave by and between one another .”
Palihapitiya’s comments last month were made a period after Facebook’s founding chairperson, Sean Parker, blamed the style that the company” exploit[ s] a vulnerability in human psychology” by creating a” social-validation feedback loop” during an interview at an Axios event.
Parker had said that he was ” something of a conscientious objector” to using social media, a stance echoed by Palihapitaya who said that he was now hoping to use the money he made at Facebook to do good in the world.
” I can’t control them ,” Palihapitaya said of his former employer.” I can control my decision, which is that I don’t use that shit. I can control my kids’ decisions, which is that they’re not allowed to use that shit .”
He also called on his audience to “soul-search” about their own are relevant to social media.” Your behaviors, you don’t realize it, but you are being programmed ,” he said.” It was unintentional, but now you gotta choose how much you’re going to give up, how much of your intellectual freedom .”