Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
Science | By Cecil Little

Ex-Facebook president Sean Parker: site made to exploit human 'vulnerability'

Ex-Facebook president Sean Parker: site made to exploit human 'vulnerability'

And what is worrying Parker more is that Facebook's growth has been achieved by 'exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology'.

Sean Parker said the site has grown by exploiting a vulnerability of the human psychology and it's time we think about its implications. Last month the Guardian published a feature about early Silicon Valley developers and designers who have realized the unforeseen ills their products have created.

"But it's less about Facebook, less about any one platform, and it's more about understanding what people are doing with these platforms, what kids are doing". Perhaps they fear what kind of legacy they are bestowing to the next generation.

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He added that he, as well as Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO, were well aware of the results that would be produced as a result of the constant social validation.

"The inventors, creators - it's me, it's Mark [Zuckerberg], it's Kevin Systrom on Instagram, it's all of these people - understood this consciously". He believes that it "probably interferes with productivity in weird ways" and had some even more unsafe assertions about it.

"God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains". "You know, you will be", he explained. The three tech giants testified in marathon congressional hearings last week over the impact of social networks on last year's United States presidential election, and how Russian agents leveraged social media to sow discord among people. I value presence. I value intimacy.' And I would say, .

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But Parker was unaware of the consequences of their social network which would burst into a community of 2 billion users and change the society in ways we can't imagine. So in other words, using Facebook is like junk food, you get instant gratification when you post from likes and comments - it's quick and easy but has little substance.

"We'll get you eventually", Parker recalled.

However, Parker said he is not sure what the consequences of it will be like going forward from here.

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Parker, the billionaire Napster co-founder who later served as Facebook's founding president, made the comments at an Axios event at the National Constitution Centre in Philadelphia. His comments are also in line with studies that have been tied Facebook use with depression and other mental health problems over the years.

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