Facebook hits back at ex-executive Palihapitiya

2017-12-14 19:18:28

Facebook has responded to former executive Chamath Palihapitiya who said Facebook and other services alike are “ripping society apart”.

According to BBC, Chamath Palihapitiya made the comments last month but were circulated widely online on Monday.

Facebook has issued a statement to defend itself. A spokesperson said Mr. Palihapitiya had not worked at Facebook for more than six years.

“When Chamath was at Facebook we were focused on building new social media experiences and growing Facebook around the world. Facebook was a very different company back then and as we have grown we have realised how our responsibilities have grown too.”

Mr. Palihapitiya, who was Facebook's vice-president for user growth, is now a prominent venture capitalist.

He is the latest member of an influential chorus worried about the true impact of the “like” culture - a feeling that too many people turn to social networks for validation and happiness.

“We have created tools that are ripping apart the social fabric of how society works,” Mr Palihapitiya said.

Sean Parker, Facebook's first president and the architect of much of its early commercial development, recently expressed regret about the part he played in Facebook's history.

“God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains," he told Mike Allen from US news site Axios.

"We take our role very seriously and we are working hard to improve," Facebook's statement continued.

"We've done a lot of work and research with outside experts and academics to understand the effects of our service on well-being, and we're using it to inform our product development.

"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.”

Despite these prominent figures voicing their concerns, Facebook's business strategy is pressing ahead.

Last week it launched Messenger Kids, its first app for children under the age of 13, a group previously not officially allowed on Facebook.

  Comments - 11

  • Nallan Thursday, 14 December 2017 19:48

    Feel very proud of a bright Sri Lankan who has spoken about Facebook destroying the social fabric of the society. In the West there is not much family bonding but to Asians the family is important so the impact from the Facebook is more .

    Reply : 25       117

    Stupid Lankan Friday, 15 December 2017 16:36

    West you better live and work in west before commenting about culture...

    Reply : 27       21

    Voter Saturday, 16 December 2017 07:53

    Wonder why didn't see the bad side of FB for six long years while he was earning a salary from them. If he'd said this while he was still an employee and then resigned then there's credibility. But now when he says all these. It's just hypocritical.

    Reply : 13       32

    Nish Thursday, 14 December 2017 20:02

    well palihapitiya went on record saying Sri Lanka had a religious war. So I'm sure he mixes up facts and is ungrateful

    Reply : 33       52

    Dr Know Friday, 15 December 2017 10:33

    we all Sri Lankan's must know and acknowledge wonderful people like this Mr Palihapitiya ,He is in deed a name brand and from SRI LANKA.

    Reply : 18       27

    Lord Wolfstein Friday, 15 December 2017 10:55

    Facebook is the worst thing that has happened to humanity.

    Reply : 10       57

    Ali Hu Kai Friday, 15 December 2017 13:46

    Spot on!

    Reply : 7       22

    NA Saturday, 16 December 2017 16:38

    Man your handle is offensive. Don't forget before you comment there are children reading this stuff and it could be one day your own child.

    Reply : 1       14

    lakstan Friday, 15 December 2017 16:58

    FB is a total disaster to the young minds.They hardly tend to spend their precious time with their family and with their studies but stranger with fake profile and at the end is very harmful and some times life threatening.

    Reply : 3       32

    NA Saturday, 16 December 2017 16:40

    Not too distance in to the future whole world will be controlled by few mega conglomerates and FB is one of them. It's too late we are already screwed.

    Reply : 2       9

    daya weerasinghe Monday, 18 December 2017 06:22

    yep....blame the messenger !!!....thats Sri Lankan politicians in a nutshell....!!!

    Reply : 1       7

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