Facebook founding president sounds alarm

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Sean Parker, who was Facebook's founding president, had some very disturbing words to say about the company's platform.

There have been "unintended consequences", Parker said, now that Facebook has grown to include 2 billion people - two out of every seven people on the planet.

Flashing back to when Facebook was just getting going, Parker also said that even if people were against signing up at the beginning because they valued genuine and in-person human interaction, they would eventually cave.

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"It's a social-validation feedback loop ... exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you're exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology", Parker said.

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Parker's comments may or may not be brushed off as an exaggeration, but it may raise new ethical concerns, particularly with his statement: "God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains". "And the problem is it becomes this race to the bottom of the brainstem, where if I go lower on the brainstem to get you, you know, using my product, I win". Parker, who is portrayed in "The Social Network" by Justin Timberlake, introduced Zuckerberg to Facebook's first investor, Silicon Valley titan Peter Thiel, an eventual surrogate for President Trump's campaign.

According to Parker, the creators of all the world's biggest social networks consciously understood this vulnerability and how to exploit it, but they "did it anyway".

Parker started out as a co-founder of the music-sharing site Napster before becoming involved with Facebook. "And that's going to get you to contribute more content, and that's going to get you ... more likes and comments".

Many media critics have begun arguing that the business model of Facebook and some other social sites encourages extremism, by creating echo chambers in which ideas spread without being contested, and by rewarding controversial ideas with greater exposure. Users spend approximately 20 minutes a day on the website, and Parker says that "it probably interferes with productivity in weird ways". "If Mark hears this he's probably going to suspend my account", he joked. I value presence. I value intimacy.' And I would say, ...

Facebook didn't respond to a request for comment on Parker's remarks.

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