How #Facebook and #Google threaten public health – and democracy | Roger McNamee | Opinion | The Guardian
In an interview this week with Axios, Facebook’s original president, Sean Parker, admitted that the company intentionally sought to addict users and expressed regret at the damage being inflicted on children.
This admission, by one of the architects of Facebook, comes on the heels of last week’s hearings by Congressional committees about Russian interference in the 2016 election, where the general counsels of Facebook, Alphabet (parent of Google and #YouTube), and #Twitter attempted to deflect responsibility for #manipulation of their platforms.
The term “#addiction” is no exaggeration. The average consumer checks his or her #smartphone 150 times a day, making more than 2,000 swipes and touches. The #applications they use most frequently are owned by Facebook and Alphabet, and the usage of those products is still increasing.