Former employees of Facebook & Google join hands to fight tech addiction

Pablo Tucker
February 6, 2018

To add some extra oomph to the campaign, the "Centre for Humane Technology" is teaming up with a a media watchdog called Common Sense Media to run an anti-tech addiction campaign reaching out to 55,000 public schools in the US.

Needless to say they back recently introduced bills created to curb social media influence. The non-profit media company has also donated over fifty million dollars in United States airtime from partners inclusive of Comcast and DirecTV.

All of which says that Mr. Cook might well support the ideology of The Center for Humane Technology. Advocates last week urged Facebook to scrap a messaging service for kids. In January, charitable promotion bunches Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood composed a letter standing in opposition to Facebook's tyke driven rendition of the Messenger application, Messenger Kids, saying "more youthful kids are basically not prepared to have online networking accounts".

The organization will also work with the Center for Humane Technology and a consortium of concerned technologists to develop Standards of Ethical Design for the industry to prevent, avoid, and discourage digital addiction, and they will pursue an aggressive policy agenda for regulation of tech companies that are using manipulative practices on consumers.

And it will enlist designers and technologists from across the industry to recognize their moral responsibility to use technology for the greater good, as opposed to potentially harming kids. The site will include data on the health effects of different technologies and ways to make products that are healthier.

The Truth About Tech campaign comes at a time when people are questioning whether young children and teens should be allowed to access certain social apps.

Meanwhile, Roger McNamee, a founding adviser of the new group, served as a mentor to Mark Zuckerberg in Facebook's early days.

Steyer said Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., is working on introducing legislation that would fund research about the effects of technology and social media on children's brains.

Mr. Steyer said, "You see a degree of hypocrisy with all these guys in Silicon Valley".

Mr. McNamee said he had joined the Center for Humane Technology because he was horrified by what he had helped enable as an early Facebook investor.

The campaign is evidence of the rising backlash against tech giants who are allegedly trying to improve profit at the cost of common people.

A group of ex-Facebook, Google, and Apple employees have announced the formation of The Center for Humane Technology, a coalition created to fight the growing threat of tech addiction among teens and adolescents, the New York Times reports.

A group of former Facebook and Google employees has formed the Center for Humane Technology to express concern over the effects of social networks and smartphones and to challenge the companies that they helped build and grow, according to a CNBC report.

The center has plans to lobby for two bills: one for research on how technology impacts children's health and another that bans the use of unidentified digital bots.

Facebook said it is "is a valued part of many people's lives".

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