Nearly One-Third Of Americans Believe Facebook Has A "Negative Impact On Society"

Chamath Palihapitiya, former Facebook vice president for user growth, isn't the only one who believes his former employer is ripping apart the fabric of society.

Palihapitiya triggered an unexpectedly intense backlash after revealing that he feels "tremendous guilt" for his role in building the social media giant, warning that, if you feed the beast, that beast will destroy you..."

"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."

...He later walked his comments back after twitter users suggested that he maybe donate some of the money he made off the enterprise to a worthy cause.

And now, shortly after it published reports about a survey showing 10% of US Facebook users deleted their accounts in the wake of the company's latest data-privacy scandal, Recode is back with another scathing story about Facebook's public identity crisis.

Tavis McGinn, Mark Zuckerberg's former personal pollster, conducted a survey that exposes just how reviled Facebook is in many parts of the world. Indeed, up to 33% of responds in Australia, Canada and the UK say Facebook is having a "negative impact on society."

Americans have a similarly negative perception of FB, with just 32% (about 54 million people) of the population also believing that Facebook has a negative impact. For context, that makes Facebook more popular than Marlboro cigarettes, but worse than McDonald's.


In fact, the only countries where distrust in Facebook was relatively low were countries like Japan, where few people use Facebook.

McGinn, who recently opened his own polling firm after leaving Facebook after six months, said he didn't ask what, specifically, these negative impacts might be - but he says he has an idea.

"In the U.S. obviously we’re very focused on election interference, and in the U.K. they’ve been focused on that as well with Brexit," McGinn told Recode. "But there are also things like, ‘how does it affect children, how does the platform create addiction, how does the platform encourage extremism, how does the platform push American values onto other countries?’"

There’s also the issue of Facebook’s data policies, which McGinn, who spent three years at Google, says are a result of Facebook’s DNA.

"The culture has always been focused on driving usage, on getting more people to use and how to get them to spend longer on the platform," he said. "It influences every decision, large and small."

And here's the kicker: McGinn conducted his poll in January and February. Which means that, judging by the decline in user engagement - which had already been on the decline before the Cambridge Analytica scandal - negative perceptions of the company have probably worsened.


a Smudge by an… StychoKiller Mon, 04/16/2018 - 04:39 Permalink

Walked back before he was even done speaking. The great grief and pain he felt was almost instantly disposed of for his love of money. It was the most pathetic attempt at altruism I have ever beheld.

Sorry brothers but all the money in the world can't cover for inner poverty such as that.

"If I can speak the languages of men and angels but have not love, then I am nothing."

-Proverbs (I think)

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 homiegot Sun, 04/15/2018 - 22:15 Permalink

As some of you know I am in the process of downsizing and cutting the cord. I want to do more reading, on my Kindle (I know, the evil Bezos is the owner but as a device, it works). Checking out books and sending them to my Kindle was a pain in the butt but there is an app, Libby (don't laugh, it's short for Library). Anyhow, it works. You put in your library card number and if you have it set up with your loca library website and kindle this is basically a one-click option.

I am cutting my expenses so I can save more so reading free books is a way to meet that financial objective. If anyone has experience with other library apps, please comment. I am trying to cut my TV addiction. It isn't easy.

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HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 StychoKiller Mon, 04/16/2018 - 01:13 Permalink

I have a few. I draw, do watercolors, I grew up sewing and crocheting and know how to tat. TV is insidious. It is too easy to turn it on. I had no idea and now, I haven't turned it off and I am already going through withdrawals and depressed. There are many things you can get addicted to and I am not happy about admitting to being a TV addict. As far as I know, there are no TV anonymous groups. I wish there were, I would go to one.

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a Smudge by an… HRH of Aquitaine 2.0 Mon, 04/16/2018 - 05:11 Permalink

It's a great trick. Actually it's a whole pile of tricks that you assemble into a lifestyle.

I learned it from the hippies. I learned a lot of valuable life skills from hippies and the whole "voluntary simplicity" thing is just plain LIBERATING. A lot of people confuse voluntary simplicity with self-reliance. They are two different things. The simplicitarian realizes that the only rational basis for having a lawn is if you are raising sheep. However, owning sheep is not simple. Animal husbandry requires huge effort and animals keep you chained down to one spot. Basically what you are doing is taking back your TIME. You almost invariably come up with a surplus. And that's where the magic often comes in. You end up meeting new people and doing things you never imagined before. We can go anywhere, we can do anything we want. We got the time!

This was in fact the origin of many things like passive solar and hydroponic gardening and wind and micro-hydroelectric generation and all kinds of sneaky hippy tricks we almost take for granted today. Not to mention the entire organic agriculture industry. And now, the entire legal weed industry.

It's not a great way to go if you are basically lazy. It actually works best if you are a bit manic or obsessive. That's the fire that keeps us creating. And there's "the flow". We learn how to measure time differently, usually seasonally. We learn to see the flow as a model of abundance not of scarcity. We learn to see kindness as one of the building blocks of objective reality. Because that's what we create. An objective alternative.

And for the record, Al Gore can go invent choking on a chicken bone for all we care.

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a Smudge by an… zvzzt Mon, 04/16/2018 - 05:25 Permalink

Seriously guys I feel like it's our birthday or something. This might be the closest many of us will ever get to feeling normal.

So. Now that we're all mainstream and "empowered by mass opinion", how shall we leverage our newfound social power?

I say we militarize and mobilize the public and do a regular right down JIHAD on the remaining facebookers. Yup, I say we burn their houses down and round them up and put them in camps. No real agenda, just for the fun of it. Just for the thrill of being that guy this time.

This does, incidentally, condemn half of my biological family but they are the LIBERAL side of the family and if we decide it was a mistake? I'm pretty sure they will still be making liberals in Europe. Heck we could just borrow some liberals from Canada, the Canadian patriots might even pay us to take them!

We're basically talking about a consequence-free environment here people! We have actual social clout this time and I say we use it.

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Sonny Brakes Sun, 04/15/2018 - 21:59 Permalink

You would think that at a minimum people's ability to spell properly would have improved since the introduction of Facebook, but I think it has gotten worse. 

pigpen Sun, 04/15/2018 - 22:00 Permalink

This American knows it is dangerous to one's health and society.

Citizens need to destroy digital advertising surveillance spying model of goobook by rendering digtal advertising worthless.

What is digtal advertising worth if ads can't be served viewed and tracked?

Whoever controls the browser controls digtal advertising model.

Please download brave browser or equivalent mobile adblocker immediately.

Brave blocks advertising malware and tracking by DEFAULT on any device and operating system rendering digital advertising model useless.

Brave is simple enough for Grandma to use and user setting protects data by DEFAULT.



a Smudge by an… pigpen Mon, 04/16/2018 - 06:01 Permalink

It's an interesting time. Google has done another "dance" and the political undertones are impossible to miss. This whole "fake news" handling issue has proven to be a bomb in their lap. And it's triggered by a lead-acid battery. Which is leaking. You can't keep it on your lap, it will burn your dick off. But you can't throw it away, it's a bomb!

It seems like Google is no longer objectively the best search engine. Oops, that's their core product.

Where did we last see that? Oh yeah, it was on that show Silicon Valley. Google just did a Hooli! Or any number of cliches. Killing the goose that laid the golden egg or just plain screwing the pooch.

The hegemony has been broken. It actually audibly went "snap". But what happens if your installed base is literally in the world's pockets?

You attempt to force compliance.

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khnum Sun, 04/15/2018 - 22:01 Permalink

Its all psychology that little screen give you a dopamine hit every time it lights up,its an addiction and yes Facebook knows this and uses it to its maximum advantage this is according to Chamath Palihapitaya a Facebook founder that now regrets what he did.Well at least he had his come to Jesus moment most dont.

Dan'l Sun, 04/15/2018 - 22:01 Permalink

Facebook is pure evil & Fuckberg is the most vile part of this foul operation. How many kid's lives have been ruined by this "app"?

HowardBeale Dan'l Mon, 04/16/2018 - 00:14 Permalink

"How many kids lives have been runied..."

As a teacher for the past 1/4 century, I can say pretty much every kid who has attended high school since Facebook was thrust upon them.

Progress in the classroom is a fraction of that before Facebook. We are going to see a massive increase in the suicide rate as the Facebook generation suffers the consequence of having had no attention span to learn how to learn...

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VWAndy Sun, 04/15/2018 - 22:01 Permalink

 I wonder if any honest folks would be interested in filling that void? No doubt the likes of Soros are working on keeping FB relevant . Youtube also.

silverer Sun, 04/15/2018 - 22:09 Permalink

Oops. Anyone vote twice on that survey? Everybody loves Raymond and Facebook, no? Actually, anyone on Facebook has a death wish for every single byte of their privacy.

I am Groot Sun, 04/15/2018 - 22:10 Permalink

2/3rd's of the fucking retards who like Facebook also probably voted for Kanckles. A thermite grenade or two on Shitbook's servers would fix all that mess.

Nuclear Winter Sun, 04/15/2018 - 22:10 Permalink

Only a third? Where are the other digital slaves on the invasion, whoring, parsing, creating psy profiles of users' data? It should be at least two-thirds. Zuckerturd is hated by many--Tim Cook included.

Catullus Sun, 04/15/2018 - 22:13 Permalink

Facebook isn’t evil. People are assholes. It’s just a reflection of how people communicate. They’re talking to be heard. They do it meetings and social settings as well. Like a Venn Diagram where you don’t give a shit if the circles ever touch. That’s what social media is.