Ex-Facebook Exec: 'I Feel Tremendous Guilt'


Social media was supposed to bring everyone closer together, but a former Facebook exec fears it's doing the exact opposite. "I feel tremendous guilt," Chamath Palihapitiya, who used to be the VP of user growth at the social network, said during an appearance in November at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, in a speech just now being widely shared, per the Verge. "I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works."

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. There is "no civil discourse, no cooperation," simply "misinformation [and] mistruth," he noted, per the New York Post.

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