Ex-Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya: Social media is creating a society that confuses ‘truth and popularity’

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  • “The tools that we have created today are starting to erode the social fabric of how society works,” former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya says.
  • He says what social media does is “exploit our own natural tendencies in human beings to get and want feedback.”

Ex-Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya: Social media is ‘ripping apart’ society from CNBC.

Chamath Palihapitiya speaking at the 2017 Delivering Alpha conference in New York on Sept. 12, 2017.

Ex-Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya: Social media is ‘ripping apart’ society  

Ex-Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya told CNBC on Tuesday that social media is creating a society that confuses “popularity” with “truth.”

“The tools that we have created today are starting to erode the social fabric of how society works,” he said in a “Squawk Box” interview, in response to questions about similar comments he made that went viral. At a recent Stanford Graduate School of Business event, Palihapitiya said social media is tearing society apart.

On CNBC, he explained what he meant. “Today we live in a world now where it is easy to confuse truth and popularity. And you can use money to amplify whatever you believe and get people to believe what is popular is now truthful. And what is not popular may not be truthful.”

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