Some of Facebook’s early friends now its sharpest critics

People with tight connections to Facebook are going public with a critique of the company and social media more broadly. They say Facebook and social media systems undermine democracy and exploit the human psychology to get people addicted to their platforms.
Associated Press


by Barbara Ortutay, Associated Press


NEW YORK — Some of Facebook’s former friends are starting to express some serious doubts about the social network they helped create.

Facebook exploits a “vulnerability in human psychology” to addict its users, Sean Parker, the company’s first president, said in a public forum last month. Chamath Palihapitiya, a former Facebook vice president who joined the company in 2007, recently told an audience at Stanford that the company is “ripping apart the social fabric of how society works.”


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