Leading technologists, thought leaders, and even former Facebook executives paint a different picture.
Chris Hughes, who co-founded Facebook with Mark Zuckerberg, thinks Facebook should be broken up. While we at Parler aren’t calling for federal antitrust action and prefer free-market solutions, it is fascinating to see the respected activist, investor and philanthropist who helped to create Facebook from his college dorm room, take such a strong stand.
Hughes has continued to criticize Facebook and is actively working to break it up.
Sean Parker was Facebook’s founding President. In the past three years, he has gone on what sounds like an apology tour for his role in unleashing the Leviathan.
Parker says that, from its outset, Facebook was designed to “exploit human vulnerability.” He admits Facebook was engineered to stir up hatred and division and that, what’s worse, it is literally giving our children brain damage.
Edward Snowden thinks that Facebook is just as untrustworthy as the NSA. That’s right—the same NSA which built a massive data collection network to spy on the private phone calls of virtually every American, and then lied about it. The same NSA which had a director who perjured himself to Congress. And which, for years, ran a program that was recently ruled illegal and unconstitutional in Federal court.
But perhaps the most sobering advice comes from Apple Co-Founder and revered technologist, Steve Wozniak: just get off Facebook. For most people, he says, the value provided by Facebook is probably not worth the loss in privacy:
"There are many different kinds of people and some the benefits of Facebook are worth the loss of privacy," Wozniak recently said when approached by the outlet at the Reagan International Airport. "But to many like myself, my recommendation to most people is, you should figure out a way to get off Facebook."