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.

“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.”


Former Facebook Executive Says Social Media is Dangerous to Civil Society 12 December,2017Danielle Venton

  • Annie Smart

    Most salient point he makes is that today’s markets are INSANE. Investment, and the way it rewards, leaves out social necessity and morality. It is anti-human. Until we shift that the rest is moot.

  • missmobtown

    I’ll tell anyone who will listen that deleting my Facebook account was the one of the best things I’ve ever done. Do it for yourself in 2018, you won’t regret it.

  • Merry Runaround

    Did he really just endorse his own “anonymous” generosity? Within the first two minutes!?


Danielle Venton

Danielle Venton is a host and reporter for KQED.

Before joining KQED in 2015, Danielle was a staff reporter at KRCB in Sonoma County and a writer at WIRED in San Francisco. She is a 2011 graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz’s science communications program, and has held internships at High Country News and the Monterey County Herald.

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