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Early Facebook and Google employees form coalition to fight what they built

Early Facebook and Google employees form coalition to fight what they built

Other coalition members form a who's who of people with insider knowledge, including: Sandy Parakilas, a former Facebook operations manager; Lynn Fox, a former Apple and Google communications executive; and Justin Rosenstein, who created Facebook's Like button.

On that note, digital advocacy organisation Common Sense has partnered with the Center for Humane Technology to announce a new campaign "to protect young minds from the potential of manipulation and digital addiction". One of the main goals is targeting up to 55,000 United States public schools in an effort to publicize research on tech addiction's effects, relying on $7 million in funding from Common Sense Media. The nonprofit has received $7 million from Common Sense Media, which also has secured another $50 million in donated media. The group has launched a campaign called "Truth About Tech" aimed at pressuring tech companies to make their products less addictive.

Palihapitiya, who joined Facebook in 2007 and became its vice president for user growth, said he feels "tremendous guilt" for the influence Facebook has had and its ability to manipulate users.

"The largest supercomputers in the world are inside of two companies-Google and Facebook-and where are we pointing them?"

"For instance, we changed our News Feed ranking to ensure people have more opportunities to connect with the people they care about, knowing it might reduce time spent on Facebook. YouTube autoplays the next video within seconds, even if it eats into our sleep", the Center for Humane Technology said on its website. In October 2017, Common Sense released its newest study on screen usage among U.S. kids, noting that children spend roughly two hours and 19 minutes per day with screen media.

The main aim is to educate students, their parents and their teachers about the dangers of technology and focusing on depressing that can come from the heavy use and abuse of social media.

Last month, some Wall Street investors asked Apple to study the health effects of its products and to create ways to limit iPhone and iPad use by children, CNBC reported.

VIDEO shows precision strike on militants that downed Russian jet in Syria
The military said Saturday's deaths were related to Turkey's operation against Syrian Kurdish-held Afrin, codenamed Olive Branch. Earlier in the day, the Observatory and the media arm of al-Qaida-linked militants reported intense airstrikes in Idlib.

"Tech companies are conducting a massive, real-time experiment on our kids, and, at present, no one is really holding them accountable..."

Harris worked for years at Google, and has been very vocal against his former employer.

The news follows increased attention to the downside of widely popular tech products like Facebook.

Tech organizations "made the consideration economy and are presently occupied with an all out weapons contest to catch and hold human consideration, including the consideration of children", Center for Humane Technology fellow benefactor and Executive Director Tristan Harris said in an announcement Monday.

"Facebook appeals to your lizard brain - primarily fear and anger", McNamee told the New York Times, explaining his involvement with the campaign.

Ex-employees that use to work at Google and Facebook during the companies early days are coming out with how alarmed they are in regards to the usage of social networks and smartphones, and with how their overuse may have some negative effects.

McNamee said that the group is a chance for him to "correct a wrong".

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