“Social networks are tearing society apart”

This was stated by the former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya who regretted having contributed to the development of some of the tools that in his opinion “destroy the social fabric”.

Chamath Palihapitiya, who worked at Mark Zuckerberg’s company from 2007 to 2011 and who became its vice president of user growth, believes that “the short-term feedback loops driven by the dopamine we have created are destroying the functioning of the society.

He clarified that he did not speak only about the United States and the Russian intoxication campaigns on Facebook. “It’s a global problem. It is eroding the fundamental foundations of how people behave towards each other and each other, “he stressed, adding that he feels” a great guilt “for having worked on Facebook. He talked about how human interactions are being limited to hearts and thumbs up and how social networks have led to a serious lack of lack of “civil discourse”, misinformation and falsehood.

Palihapitiya made these statements about addiction to social networks and its effects in a forum of the Stanford Business School on November 10, but the technology website The Verge has collected them on Monday and, through it, newspapers like The Guardian. Palihapitiya, which once worked to increase the number of people using social networks, recommended that its audience take a “break” in its use.

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