No, social media isn’t ripping society apart, says Facebook


Facebook has hit back at claims of Chamath Palihapitiya, a former company executive, who claimed that social media was “ripping society apart”.

It is unusual for Facebook to defend themselves against such claims but 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,” a spokesperson for the firm told CNBC.

Mr Palihapitiya who is now a prominent venture capitalist had raised concerns about the impact of the “like” culture and the fact that too many people were turning to social media for self-gratification and validation.

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

It seems that Mr Palihapitiya is not alone in his view with the company’s first president, Sean Parker also raising concerns about the impact that social media is playing in our day-to-day lives.

“God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains,” he said last month.

“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.”

It seems that Facebook looks set to ignore the criticism and press ahead with their current business strategy that appears to be performing quite nicely.


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