Facebook has responded to recent comments made by a
former executive that criticized the company.
Facebook says it takes responsibility for how its
platform is used and “was a very different company” when the
executive, Chamath Palihapitiya, worked there.
A Facebook spokesperson has responded to recent critical comments
from former executive Chamath Palihapitiya, saying Facebook
“was a very different company” during the period he worked there.
Palihapitiya spoke at Stanford’s business school last month and
had harsh words for his former employer, saying Facebook and
other social networks
“are destroying how society works.” He also implied that
early Facebook employees didn’t do enough to stem “unforeseen
consequences” of abuse on the platform. His comments were picked
up by several news outlets on Monday,
including Business Insider.
Here’s the full statement from Facebook, which a company
spokesperson sent to Business Insider in an email:
“Chamath has not been at Facebook for over 6 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
realized how our responsibilities have grown too. We take our
role very seriously and we are working hard to improve. 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.”
You can watch Palihapitiya’s full Stanford interview here: