Former Facebook executives express “guilt” of the social media giant
In the past few months, former Facebook executives have expressed “guilt” in the social media giant, its growing impact on society and the impact on the culture. Here’s a preview of their comments.
It is a heavy week for Chamath Palihapitiya, the former Facebook vice-president whose harsh criticism of the social networking giant has led to a rare rebuke from his former employer and made him a headline topic in the tech world.
Now he is trying to put out the fire, he began.
During an interview at the Stanford Graduate School of Business from the previous month, Palihapitiya said, social media is a corruption of the fabric of the society, adding that he is “a huge debt” for helping the company become the behemoth it is today.
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“It is literally at a point that we now have a number of tools that can rip apart the social fabric of how society works,” said Palihapitiya, who now runs the venture capital firm Social Capital, and is the co-owner of the Golden State Warriors.
“That’s literally where we are. I would encourage all of you how this process is — if you feed the beast, the beast will destroy you.” The comments, which surfaced only recently, attracted a response from Facebook, which said in a statement on Tuesday that “Chamath not on Facebook for more than six years. Facebook is a very different company back then, and as we have grown we have realized how our responsibilities have grown.”
On Friday, Palihapitiya was looking for closure. Have said that he rarely uses Facebook and that he didn’t want his own children, he went on Facebook to “expand on my comments before we break for the holidays.”
“I made some strong comments over social media platforms, such as Facebook, during a meeting at the university of Stanford in the last month that have taken on new life in the past couple of days,” he wrote. “For all the resulting controversy, I truly believe that Facebook is a force for good in the world, so I would like to expand on my comments before we break for the holidays….
“My remarks were intended for the start of an important conversation, not to criticize a company — particularly one that I love. I think it’s time for society to discuss how we make use of the tools offered by social media, what should we expect of them, and most importantly, how do we give the younger generations to use them in a responsible way. I am convinced that Facebook and the broader social media category will succeed as they navigate this uncharted territory.”
Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia, contributed to this report.