MENLO PARK, Calif. – A former Facebook executive criticized the company he once worked for and for social networks as a whole, saying he is "tearing the social fabric" in societies around the world, CBS San Francisco reports. Chamath Palihapitiya, who previously served as Facebook's vice president for the growth of users, expressed "a great guilt" and urged people to take a "break" from social media during a talk at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
"I think they have created tools that are tearing apart the social fabric of how society works," said Palihapitiya, who left the social media giant in 2011 and now runs The Social + Capital Partnership, a venture capital fund .
"Without civil discourses, no cooperation, disinformation, falsehood," he continued.
Palihapitiya said the problem is not only isolated fromand that led officials from Facebook, Twitter and Google to . The former Facebook executive cited an incident in India where innocent people were lynched after fake messages about kidnappings were shared on WhatsApp.
"I just do not use these tools anymore, I have not done it for years, I have created a huge tension with my friends, it has created a great tension in my social circles," said Palihapitiya. "If you look at my Facebook feed, I probably published twice in the last seven years."
Palihapitiya also said that his children "can not use this s ** t".
But the former executive continued saying that the company "overwhelmingly does a positive good in the world."
You can see the talk of Palihapitiya in a video posted on YouTube below:
CNET reports that Facebook responded to Palihapitiya's comments on Tuesday with a statement that says in part that the company realizes that its "responsibilities have grown" along with its size:
"When Chamath was on Facebook We were focused on building new social networks, experiences and Facebook growth all over the world, Facebook was a very different company back then, and as we grew, we realized how our responsibilities have also grown, "the statement said. "We take our role very seriously and are working hard to improve, we have worked hard and we have researched with external experts and academics to understand the effects of our service on welfare, and we are using it to inform our product development. significant investments in people, technology and processes, and – as Mark Zuckerberg said in the latest call for results – we are willing to reduce our profitability to ensure that the right investments are made " Last month, the former Facebook presidentsaying he is "exploiting a vulnerability in human society."
"He literally changes his relationship with society, each other, and probably interferes with productivity in strange ways, God only knows what he's doing to our children's brains," Parker told the Axios news site.
Others in Silicon Valley have also expressed concern about the addictive nature of social networks and mobile applications. Former Google engineer Tristan Harris said "" earlier this year that companies have a "complete strategy book" to keep people attached to their applications as long as possible.
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