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Users are being exploited by Facebook says Sean Parker

by Harikrishna Mekala

Parker, 38, now originator and chair of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy, spoke recently at an Axios event at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, about stimulating cancer innovation. In the green room, Parker stated that he has become “something of a painstaking objector” on social media.

By the time he left the stage, he humorously said Mark Zuckerberg will apparently block his account after reading this:

“When Facebook was getting advancing, I had these personalities who would come up to me and they would say, ‘I’m not on social media.’ And I would say, ‘OK. You know, you will be.’ And then they would say, ‘No, no, no. I consider my real-life interactions. I value the minute. I value presence. I value affection.’ And I would say, … ‘We’ll get you ultimately.'”

“I don’t know if I really assumed the consequences of what I was speaking, because of the unintended outcomes of a network when it grows to a billion or 2 billion people and it completely changes your relationship with society, with each other It probably intervenes with productivity in weird ways. God only knows what it’s doing to our kid’s brains.”

“The thought method that went into building these applications, Facebook is the first of them. was all about: ‘How do we absorb as much of your time and keen attention as possible?'”

“And that suggests that we need to kind of giving you a little dopamine hit every once in a while because someone liked or mentioned on a photo or a post or whatever. And that’s going to get you to provide more content, and that’s going to get you more likes and comments.”

“It’s a social-validation feedback loop precisely the kind of thing that a hacker like personally would come up with because you’re utilizing a vulnerability in human psychology.”

“The inventors, authors it’s me, it’s Mark Zuckerberg, it’s Kevin Systrom on Instagram, it’s all of these personalities agreed on this consciously. And we did it anyway.”

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