Former Facebook exec says 'you are being programmed' by social media

Andrew Cummings
December 13, 2017

Though Palihapitiya has not blamed only Facebook but talked about the entire social media ecosystem and how that is destroying the society.

Palihapitiya spoke at Stanford's business school last month and had harsh words for his former employer, saying Facebook and other social networks "are destroying how society works".

'No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth.

He added that this is a "global problem" and not just about Russian ads. Palihapitiya railed against the "short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops" where people spend their hours vying for "hearts, likes, thumbs-up", and he blamed "bad actors" for manipulating online information.

Former Facebook exec says 'you are being programmed' by social media

"When Chamath was at Facebook we were focused on building new social media experiences and growing Facebook around the world". Palihapitiya's comments come weeks after similar concerns were raised by one of the senior Facebook executive who had been with the site from since very beginning and helped it grow in the early days.

That appeared to be a reference not only to "fake news" that's flooding feeds in the United States, but also recent reports of dictatorial regimes in the Philippines, Turkey and Kenya using Facebook to target political dissenters.

You can watch the full interview below.

Facebook has responded to recent comments made by a former executive that criticized the company.


In a Tuesday statement, Facebook insisted the company has changed since Palihapitiya left.

Some of the brains behind Facebook are now anxious about the potential damage of the multi-billion dollar social media platform they created.

"People need a hard break from some of these tools and the things that you rely on".

Like this? You might also enjoy... "I think we all knew in the back of our minds, even though we feigned this whole line of "there probably aren't any really bad unintended consequences", I think in the deep deep recesses of our minds we kind of knew something bad could happen", he added.


Palihapitiya is the second high profile figure to speak out against Facebook this week. "It was unintentional, but now you gotta decide how much you're going to give up, how much of your intellectual independence".

Still, Palihapitiya said he doesn't let his children use devices and reiterated his belief that social media is hurting how society works.

After leaving Facebook, Palihapitiya went on to found Social Capital, a venture capital firm that invests in education and health care businesses often neglected by Silicon Valley.


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