Facebook was built to exploit human vulnerability, says co-founder

Facebook was built to exploit human vulnerability, says co-founder

Parker, who now heads the Parker Institute of Cancer Immunotherapy, was speaking at an event organised by Axios in Philadelphia about accelerating cancer innovation.

Parker says he now wonders about the consequences of Facebook on future generations.

"It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways", Parker told Axios.

Sean Parker is anxious about the monster he helped to create, in his own words: "God only knows what [Facebook] is doing to the brain of our children ".

Parker said he would tell early holdouts to the platform that "we'll get you eventually".

"How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?" Now only has Facebook served as a magnet for new users, the various interactions within it such as likes or comments tend to draw people in even more and keep them engaged; so much that the virtual mode of communication is something accorded more value than interactions in real life.

Sean Parker, who was Facebook's founding president alongside its creator Mark Zuckerberg, has revealed how social media have been specifically created to prey on human weaknesses.

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He later added that the size and scope of Facebook's audience 'literally changes your relationship with society, ' noting the now 2 billion users on the social network.

Parker also offered some insight to the basic underlying structure of all social media - getting other users to interact with your content.

"You need to be able to put in your own personal limitations and know how to use things sensibly - it's the same kind of thing for any kind of digital media and it's less about Facebook itself".

In a blog post, Facebook's chief security officer Alex Stamos wrote that "we will continue to invest in our people and technology to help provide a safe place for civic discourse and meaningful connections on Facebook". The basis of time consumption is what he describes as a "social-validation feedback loop".

But Dr Highfield says it hard to know what impact this is having because "we don't know necessarily how people are using the platforms".

"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", Parker said.

"As Parker left the stage, he joked that Mark Zuckerberg was going to block his Facebook account". It's been about a year since President Trump won the presidential election, and Facebook was one of the first social media firms to report that Russian Federation appears to have tried to use ads to influence Americans' thinking.

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