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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

FACEBOOK Fires Back at Former Exec Who Says It’s ‘RIPPING APART’ Society

 Nicolas Vega

Facebook is hitting back at a former executive who blasted the company for “ripping apart the social fabric.”
In addition to making users give up their “intellectual independence,” the engineer-turned-investor charged that Facebook has become a platform “where bad actors can now manipulate large swathes of people to do anything [they] want.”
That appeared to be a reference not only to “fake news” that’s flooding feeds in the US, but also recent reports of dictatorial regimes in the Philippines, Turkey and Kenya using Facebook to target political dissenters.
In a Tuesday statement, Facebook insisted the company has changed since Palihapitiya left.
“Chamath has not been at Facebook for over six years,” the company said. “Facebook was a very different company back then and as we have grown we have realized how our responsibilities have grown too.”
Facebook added it has done “a lot of work and research” with experts to understand the effects of its service on well-being.
“We are also making significant investments more in people, technology and processes, and — as Mark Zuckerberg said on the last earnings call — we are willing to reduce our profitability to make sure the right investments are made,” Facebook said.
“We need to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while, because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post or whatever,” Parker said. “And that’s going to get you to contribute more content, and that’s going to get you … more likes and comments.”
“The inventors, creators — it’s me, it’s Mark [Zuckerberg], it’s Kevin Systrom on Instagram, it’s all of these people — understood this consciously,” he said. “And we did it anyway.”

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