Facebook’s first President admits it was designed to exploit human “vulnerability”
Facebook’s first President, Sean Parker, has become “something of a conscientious objector” on social media – after becoming a billionaire from its success. Yet he is rather candid about how aware he and other Silicon Valley execs were from the very outset of their project were about the addictive effect of their products on the brain.
“…we needed 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 … It’s a social validation feedback loop … You’re exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology … [The inventors] understood this, consciously, and we did it anyway.”
Tucker Carlson, on Fox News, has drawn a comparison between Silicon Valley executives and and the moral turpitude exposed in the executives of Big Tobacco here.
It’s been more than 20 years since the exposure of Big Tobacco on 60 Minutes, which was dramatized in the terrific 1999 film The Insider.
Will this mark the beginning of a class action lawsuit of its own?
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