Former Facebook Executive Says Social Media is Dangerous to Civil Society

You might want to post this on Facebook.

Actually, you might not want to post this on Facebook.

Video of a former executive of the social media company that ate the world is making the rounds on the internet today.

Chamath Palihapitiya, whose LinkedIn page says he was Facebook's vice president of user growth for mobile and international, said in an interview at the Stanford Graduate School of Business that social media is eroding civil society around the world.

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"I feel tremendous guilt," said Palihapitiya. "I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works. ... No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth."

The problem goes beyond the Russians buying pro-Trump ads, he said. "This is a global problem."

Palihapitiya, who post-Facebook became the founder and CEO of the venture capital firm Social Capital, also discusses a recent incident in India where fake WhatsApp messages warning of hoax kidnappings lead to the death of seven innocent people by lynching.

"It is eroding the core foundations of how people behave by and between each other."

He recommended people take a "hard break" from social media.

Start watching from roughly 21:21. It may cause you to question your relationship to a world of "likes," "hearts" and "thumbs ups."

 

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