Feb 6, 2018

Former Facebook and Google employees fight tech 'addiction'

Two former employees of Google and Facebook have launched a campaign to fight what they see as the addictive nature of the technology they helped to create. "We know Facebook, and the industry more broadly, can help bring people closer together through technology," it said in response to the campaign's launch. Behind the campaign - dubbed The Truth about Tech - are Roger McNamee, an early backer of Facebook and Tristan Harris, a former design ethicist at Google. In December, former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya said he felt guilty about helping create tools that "Are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works". His remarks followed similar criticism from Facebook investor Sean Parker who said in November that he had become a "Conscientious objector" to social media, adding that Facebook and other firms were exploiting "a vulnerability in human psychology".

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