Facebook’s former VP says, “dopamine-driven feedback loops are destroying how society works”

Chamath Palihapitiya does not allow his children to “use that sh*t”…meaning social media.

Facebook’s former vice president for user growth Chamath Palihapitiya gave a talk at the Stanford Graduate School of Business blasting his former employer Facebook, and the entire social media space that has created the tools that are currently “ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.”

The entire talk is well worth a watch, and here are the best parts of the interview as summarized by Fast Company

– That he feels “tremendous guilt” about Facebook. “I think we have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.”

– “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created [including the hearts, likes, and thumbs up of various social media channels] are destroying how society works.” He added, “[There’s] no civil discourse, no cooperation; [only] misinformation, mistruth. And it’s not an American problem–this is not about Russians ads. This is a global problem.”

– Regarding an incident in which seven innocent men in India were lynched after a hoax about kidnappings spread through WhatsApp: “That’s what we’re dealing with. And imagine taking that to the extreme, where bad actors can now manipulate large swathes of people to do anything you want. It’s just a really, really bad state of affairs.”

– Unsurprisingly, when it comes to social media, his children “aren’t allowed to use that shit.”

Help us grow. Support The Duran on Patreon!


The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of The Duran.

What do you think?

Notify of
1 Comment
Newest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
peter watson
peter watson
December 12, 2017

I have never used Facebook and have no intention of using it or Instagram or Twitter or any other programme which is ultimately owned and controlled by the Globalist Hive.

Palestine can be a decisive factor in finalising a rapprochement between Turkey and Syria

Dennis Rodman should be taken seriously as a US peace envoy to North Korea