Facebook Exec Warns “God Only Knows What It’s Doing To Kids’ Brains”

Sean Parker, who as a student collaborated with Mark Zuckerberg to found Facebook and was its first corporate president has been in confessional mood about the lack of ethical awareness the tech billionaires shared. Parker, 38, was uncharacteristically honest about the privacy stealing social media site the pair created. In an interview with Axios he confessed the site was designed to hook people in ways that can have a detrimental effect on cognitive skills. So much so in fact he predicted, jokingly, that Mark Zuckerberg will probably block his account.

former Facebook exec Sean Parker
Sean Parker – image soure Zero Hedge

Here’s a sample of what Parker was talking about:

Confirming every ‘big brother’ conspiracy there is about the social media giant, Parker explained how social networks purposely hook users and potentially hurt our brains…

“When Facebook was getting going, I had these people 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 value my real-life interactions. I value the moment. I value presence. I value intimacy.’ And I would say, … ‘We’ll get you eventually.'”

“I don’t know if I really understood the consequences of what I was saying, because [of] the unintended consequences of a network when it grows to a billion or 2 billion people and … it literally changes your relationship with society, with each other … It probably interferes with productivity in weird ways. God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.”

“The thought process that went into building these applications, Facebook being the first of them, … was all about: ‘How do we consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible?'”

“And that means that we need to sort of give you a little dopamine hit every once in a while, because someone liked or commented on a photo or a post or whatever. And that’s going to get you to contribute more content, and that’s going to get you … more likes and comments.”

“It’s a social-validation feedback loop … exactly the kind of thing that a hacker like myself would come up with, because you’re exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology.”

“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. And we did it anyway.”

In this ‘confessional’, it appears Parker has become “something of a conscientious objector” on social media.

Howeever , as Axios notes, Parker ends with just enough crazy to make you wonder…

“Because I’m a billionaire, I’m going to have access to better health care so … I’m going to be like 160 and I’m going to be part of this, like, class of immortal overlords. [Laughter]

Because, you know the [Warren Buffett] expression about compound interest. … [G]ive us billionaires an extra hundred years and you’ll know what … wealth disparity looks like.”

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Mainstream media in the developed world has tried to portray Mark Zuckerberg’s as a prophet and a visionary and his plan to get every human being online by means of his ‘ideas’ about how humans want to interact in the twenty first century as altruistic and ‘progressive’. The reality however, is somewhat more sinister. Facebook has already been revealed to be much more than a mere corporation run for profit by Zuckerberg and his business associates.

As for being a genius, Zuckerberg is really not very bright, like most new media billionaires a lot of his success is down to his obsession with technology and his irrational belief that everybody can be persuaded to share that belief. it is the philosophy of a religious cilt leader rather than a businessman.

But Zuckerberg did not build Facebook’s success alone, no matter what you may have been led to believe. His partner in creating the social network was none other than the US Government. Is it just coincidence that two other startup corporations with no track record, Microsoft and Google came from nowhere to achieve near monopoly positions in online market sectors? You may say so, I couldn’t possibly comment 🙂

Facebook is the epitome of social engineering, a seemingly benign communication tool that has been engineered to track, trace, document, and, if we allow it to manipulate half of the entire online population.

Despite its claims, when users who are not paying Facebook to spread their PR campaigns, attempt to use Facebook to connect and communicate with individuals and organizations of interest, Facebook turns its features against users, insidiously manipulating their timelines to show selected posts and updates while censoring others to manage public perception.

Is Facebook’s unethical approach to social engineering successful. In one study, the emotions of users were successfully manipulated by selectively posting only negative or only positive posts from individuals or organizations on users’ contact lists. In another experiment Facebook manipulated the news feed of some 2 million Americans in 2012 in order to increase public participation during that year’s US presidential election.

Facebook was also an official sponsor of the US State Department’s effort to promote political subversion across North Africa and the Middle East in the years before the so-called “Arab Spring”.

The rebellions news channels around the world reported had “spontaneously” sprung up across North Africa and the Middle East were in fact trained, funded, and equipped by the US State Department and various corporations including tech giants Google and Facebook years beforehand.

Why would you allow anyone to manipulate what you say or do or see without your or your friends knowledge or proper consent? And as for the political interference, this is the behaviour of tyrants and is unacceptable by any democratic standard. There are plenty of ways of communicating with others without having what others see of you changed or manipulated by business partners of The White House.

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Should the United States government (and be sure wherever they lead on the goosestep to fascism, other will follow) be allowed to censor the Internet to fit their own whims and desires?

OK, for now maybe the last paragraph is hyperbole, but after reading portions of the updated bill, as well as some of the reactions to it on web professionals forums, it’s pretty clear that if the bill becomes law American public could soon be the first to use a very different version of the Internet than what we have all become familiar with.

The sad thing is, besides a small section of informed reactions to the bill, very few among the American public seem to know and/or care about the implications of PROTECT-IP, which, thanks to the ineptitude of House of Representatives technology committee now goes by the unfortunate name the E-PARASITE Act.

Here’s an version of the document, although, it’s doubtful anyone outside of the tech/Internet sector will actually concern themselves with it until they find the only stuff they can read online apart from government propaganda will be the inane drivel and verbal diarrhoea generated by the cast of idiots on sites like Facebook and Google +.

When bureaucrats are handed a power two things are inevitable: That they will never give it up and that they will find a reason, however flimsy why it should be used.

As George Orwell put it in his novel of an authoritarian state, 1984; “Who controls the past controls the future and who controls the present controls the past.”

Orwell needed to add nothing to that but modern readers are not universally sophisticated so I’ll explain; the unwritten subtext there is, “Who controls the information controls the present.”

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