Dec 12, 2017

'You are being programmed,' former Facebook executive warns

A former Facebook executive has criticised the social network for ripping society apart during a question and answer session. His comments echoed remarks by Sean Parker, one of the early pioneers of Facebook, who spoke four days earlier, saying the social network provided "a dopamine hit and a social validation feedback loop, that exploited a vulnerability in human psychology." Palihapitiya referred to a Facebook blog post in October which said an estimated 10 million people in the US saw Facebook adverts from Russia before and after the US presidential election. Despite the critical analysis of social media, Palihaptiya says Facebook did overwhelmingly positive things. One Facebook user posted: "Is this irony? Reading about social media damage on social media".

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