"I Feel Tremendous Guilt": Former Facebook Exec Says Company Is "Ripping Apart The Social Fabric Of Society"

In the most ironic story of the day, and perhaps of 2017, a former Facebook executive whose job it was to literally get the world hooked on the "internet crack" that is social media, is now calling on people to take a "hard break" from a service which he believes is "ripping apart the social fabric of how society works."  Speaking to a group of students at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Chamath Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said that he feels "tremendous guilt" for his role in building the social media giant and warned  that "if you feed the beast, that beast will destroy you..." (you can view the relevant portion of the interview here).

"I feel tremendous guilt."

 

"I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works. That is truly where we are."

 

"I would encourage all of you, as the future leaders of the world, to really internalize how important this is.  If you feed the beast, that beast will destroy you.  If you push back on it you have a chance to control it and reign it in."

 

"There is a point in time when people need a hard break from some of these tools."

 

"The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we've created are destroying how society works.  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."

 

"So, we're in a really bad state of affairs right now, in my opinion.  It is eroding the core foundations of how people behave by and between each other."

 

"And, I don't have a good solution.  You know, my solution is I just don't use these tools anymore.  I ahven't for years.  It's created huge tension with my friends.  Huge tensions in my social circles."

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As CNBC notes, Palihapitiya 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." As noted above, Palihapitiya went on to say that he's only posted to Facebook a handful of times in the past 7 years and said that his children "aren't allowed to use that s**t."

Palihapitiya went on to criticize not only Facebook, but Silicon Valley's entire system of venture capital funding saying that investors pump money into "s**tty, useless, idiotic companies," rather than addressing real problems. Palihapitiya currently runs his own VC firm, Social Capital, which focuses on funding companies in sectors like healthcare and education.

Finally, proving that he's just the gift that keeps on giving, Palihapitiya also took a shot at individual tech investors saying they've achieved their power more through luck than skill. "Everybody's bulls**tting," he said. "If you're in a seat, and you have good deal flow, and you have precious capital, and there's a massive tailwind of technological change ... Over time you get one of the 20 [companies that become successful] and you look like a genius. And nobody wants to admit that but that's the f**king truth."

Of course, not everyone is buying Palihapitiya's holier-than-thou speech and has called on the tech billionaire to put his money where his mouth is...

For those interested, here is the full interview with Palihapitiya:

Comments

Folkvar WTFRLY Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:27 Permalink

I've never been on facebook or twitter or used whatsapp or any other type of social media, other than the comments section on the odd website like Zerohedge I've managed to avoid all that social media crap. I've always called facebook sadbook.

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macholatte Croesus Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:35 Permalink

 If we had a real Attorney General many giant companies, including FB, Amazon, JPM & Google, would be looking at anti-trust suits.... some would be looking at criminal indictments.Sleep    Your Eyes are getting heavy        Sleep            Sleep 

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God Emperor Billy the Poet Mon, 12/11/2017 - 18:10 Permalink

FB, Twitter, Instagram, AddThis, DropBox, whatever with "cloud" in it, are marketing tools. Good only for peddling your online shit to sheeple that will gobble it up. If you're using these tools for "personal" purpose, you're a morron and you deserve to get fucked by them.Like all those attention-whores that are surprised when their nude selfies pop-up online.Ben Shapiro’s Sister Abigail Shapiro Leaked Nudeshttp://celebrity-leaks.net/ben-shapiros-sister-abigail-shapiro-leaked-n… 

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a Smudge by an… God Emperor Mon, 12/11/2017 - 19:00 Permalink

It was wrong. I hate myself. Sometimes I pile up all my money and lie on it and just sob. Oh well fuck that kids, do what I did. Sell your soul. Feed the beast. MAKE THE FUCKING MONEY. That way you get to make the world do what YOU WANT IT TO. Fuck yeah. Thanks a lot! I've been a great guy tonight! Hear that sound? That's my helicopter bitchez. I call it the Hellacopter. Fuck ya later faggots!

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JRobby macholatte Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:41 Permalink

All by design"Well this interview has gone really well and we would like to extend you an offer. First, give us your facebook log in credentials and sign this form authorizing us to perform a full credit and background check and don't forget to list all of your neighbors names, addresses and phone numbers that lived within a quarter mile of you for the last 20 years"

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cynicalskeptic macholatte Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:57 Permalink

Really?   All these companies exist to collect information for government.  Some were partially funded by money coming from intelligence agencies.Facebook lets people report details of their lives and contacts that would cost governments a fortune to collect using their own resources.Google provides a complete profile of thought prcesses, interss and searches while Amazon provides a consumption profile.

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GUS100CORRINA Billy the Poet Mon, 12/11/2017 - 19:34 Permalink

"I Feel Tremendous Guilt": Former Facebook Exec Says Company Is "Ripping Apart The Social Fabric Of Society"My response: Sorry, but Facebook is not GOD. Facebook is just a tool that SATAN uses to pray on the SPIRITUALLY weak.The social fabric is unraveling because America no longer has any moral foundation and everything goes. In other words, everyone is doing what is right in their own eyes and TRUTH has stumbled in the streets. Examples of corrupt behavior are everywhere.

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DownWithYogaPants Folkvar Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:43 Permalink

Meh.  Facebook is the garbage dump of the internet.  I doubt it's doing much damage but it is an internet ghetto as Drudge termed it.However some garbage dumps have better photos than others:  FaceBook: Down With Yoga PantsNo matter how bad your day is yoga pants on the right girl is bound to cheer you up.  And for the record we don't apologize for translucent yoga pants.  We applaud them!

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knukles knukles Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:28 Permalink

Out here in the Great Land of Illusions and Feely Good (OMG I'll bet that's sexist, "feely" which is not even a word by some dictionaries)I'm one of the few that still has a flipfone and no social media accounts, do not text or whateverelse.People ask whyI answer that it's an invasion of my privacy.The dinner you have with me where you twit, tweet, instascrap is the last dinner you have with me.  It is the height of impoliteness.  It is downright insulting.Get off my lawn.And now Esalen has been hijacked by Silicon Valley types for a retreat.What was that story about Jesus and the money-changers?Why you ask?Oh, these are the same folks gonna go there to worship the New AI God.Good fucking luck, humanity

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SDShack ne-tiger Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:46 Permalink

Most tards have inherent inferiority complexes. This manifests itself in 1 of 2 ways. They either become susceptible to group think in an effort for group acceptance, or they over-compensate with "education" so that they appear superior within the group, thereby gaining a heirarchy within the group and the envy, adoration and power that goes with it. It's all about building one's ego, which is why "likes" and "friends" and "re-tweets" are so important to them. It is also why when exposed during debate as false, illogical, hypocrites, they either withdraw and complain about "bullying" or lash out violently against their perceived attacker. Hollyweird, Lamestream Media, and Major College Professors are perfect examples.

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KJWqonfo7 aliens is here Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:39 Permalink

aliens is here Dec 11, 2017 5:17 PM
So is he looking for another job? POS.

I don’t read it that way. I think people can and do change. Their opinions evolve and they see that what they once supported didn’t turn out the way they wanted/planned.

facepage is this generations atomic bomb or Kalashnikov, an invention that will cause immense devastation to the human race.

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historian40 Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:18 Permalink

That "social fabric" has been frayed and moth-ridden for years before facebook ever existed, but it is like throwing acid on to increase the decomposition.

Ignatius Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:21 Permalink

 "And, I don't have a good solution.  You know, my solution is I just don't use these tools anymore.  I haven't for years.  It's created huge tension with my friends.  Huge tensions in my social circles."Yeah, and I don't hang with my heroin dealing buddies anymore, either (/s).  Same difference.At least he has remorse.  Fuckerberg?  None.

KJWqonfo7 Ignatius Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:44 Permalink

Remorse implies the ability for reflection.

Fuckerberg has never expressed a single thought that would imply he is capable of such an act.

He can’t kill too many, steal from too many or destroy too many, his focus is singular and all encompassing.

Fuckerberg makes me hope that hell has internet access...

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“Rebellion to … Mon, 12/11/2017 - 17:22 Permalink

Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Comcast, are but a few of the multi national firms under the control of US intelligence agencies.

The end goal is to monitor anyone and everyone 24/7/365.

They're trying to figure out how to read thoughts.

If they can't, they will simply make them up.

FUBAR