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 says he tries to use Facebook as little as possible, and that his children “aren’t allowed to use that shit.”

https://www.theverge.com/2017/12/11/16761016/former-facebook-exec-ripping-apart-society

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  1. In his talk, Palihapitiya criticized not only Facebook, but Silicon Valley’s entire system of venture capital funding. He said that investors pump money into “shitty, useless, idiotic companies,” rather than addressing real problems like climate change and disease. Palihapitiya currently runs his own VC firm, Social Capital, which focuses on funding companies in sectors like healthcare and education.

  2. In his talk, Palihapitiya criticized not only Facebook, but Silicon Valley’s entire system of venture capital funding. He said that investors pump money into “shitty, useless, idiotic companies,” rather than addressing real problems like climate change and disease. Palihapitiya currently runs his own VC firm, Social Capital, which focuses on funding companies in sectors like healthcare and education.]]>

  3. The concerns are all real and valid, but here we are sharing the story on social media to people we probably would have never connected to without it. Social media is a tool. We just need to figure out how it should be wielded and protect against its abuses.

  4. Mark Delsing It’s like getting rid of McDonald’s. It makes too much money for those in control of it to shut it down, so convincing all of the users to avoid it completely is the only way to go. Of course, even knowing it’s bad for them, they keep going back because it just tastes so good and it’s so quick and easy.