Some of former friends of Facebook are beginning to show some grave uncertainties about the social media they assisted construct.
Facebook uses a weakness in human psychology to make its users an addict. This data was given by the first president of the company, Sean Parker, last month in a public forum. A previous vice president of Facebook who in 2007 joined the firm, Chamath Palihapitiya, lately claimed at Stanford to an audience that the company is tearing apart the social textile of how community operates.
And a venture entrepreneur and premature investor in both Google and Facebook, Roger McNamee, wrote that both firms intimidate democracy and public health. It has been a tough year for the tech sector, particularly for social media firms. It started with worries of false news and filter bubbles, which can protect users from opposing beliefs. This segued into stress on Twitter and Facebook to crack down on online harassment and trolling, and concluded with congressional trials into alleged use of their platforms by Russian agents to interfere with the presidential election of 2016.
Of course, all of that came in opposition to a stable drumbeat of tweets from Donald Trump, the President of the U.S., who employed the service to castigate his foes and admire his allies, often in provocative fashion.
But the unkindest slash of all might have arrived from 3 people who in its early days assisted contract Facebook. In early November, Parker claimed to Axios, the news site, that Facebook was made to reply the query, “How do we use as much of your conscious attention and time as possible?” He titles its stream of “likes,” “reactions,” and “comments” a social loop of validation feedback that take advantage of how human brains operate.” This data was given by industry sources to the media in an interview.