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Former Exec at Facebook Warns That Social Media Is About To… By Andrew West

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One former Facebook executive has some very clear ideas about what is coming next, and they are far from civilization we often imagine ourselves stumbling toward.

“Another former Facebook executive has spoken out about the harm the social network is doing to civil society around the world. Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he feels ‘tremendous guilt’ about the company he helped make. ‘I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,’ he told an audience at Stanford Graduate School of Business, before recommending people take a ‘hard break’ from social media.

“Palihapitiya’s criticisms were aimed not only at Facebook, but the wider online ecosystem. ‘The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works,’ he said, referring to online interactions driven by ‘hearts, likes, thumbs-up.’ ‘No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth. And it’s not an American problem — this is not about Russians ads. This is a global problem.’

“He went on to describe an incident in India where hoax messages about kidnappings shared on WhatsApp led to the lynching of seven innocent people. ‘That’s what we’re dealing with,’ said Palihapitiya. ‘And imagine taking that to the extreme, where bad actors can now manipulate large swathes of people to do anything you want. It’s just a really, really bad state of affairs.’”

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