A controversial memo written by Facebook executive Andrew Bosworth memo – admittedly written to provoke a response – revealed the extent to which Facebook’s leadership understood the social risks inherent in the platform.
“We connect people. Period. That’s why all the work we do in growth is justified.”
But here’s the thing: humans weren’t meant to be connected on a global scale. The entire history of humanity – recorded and unrecorded – reflects that. Tribes, clans, and countries have warred for years. The disparity between cultures, morals, ideals, priorities and more have consistently put differing people at odds with one another. Social media didn’t create that. In fact, it magnified it.
In the New York Times, Kevin Roose wrote, “there’s something is wrong with social media,” as he tried to make a case that the platforms are at fault, but that’s not really the case. There’s something wrong with humans.