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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

The Center for Humane Technology, a group made up of former Facebook and Google employees, is allying with nonprofit Common Sense Media to launch the "Truth About Tech" Campaign.

They have also teamed up with a non-profit media watchdog group by the name of Common Sense Media, which is busy planning an anti-tech addiction legal campaign and an attempt to go through over fifty thousand public schools in the United States of America alone to bring the info directly to them. The founders are launching a new campaign called Truth About Tech that aims to educate students, parents, and teachers about the dangers of overuse of social media networking. Comcast and DirectTV donated $50 million in the form or airtimes. The organization will also work with the Center for Humane Technology and a consortium of concerned technologists to develop Standards of Ethical Design for the industry to prevent, avoid, and discourage digital addiction, and they will pursue an aggressive policy agenda for regulation of tech companies that are using manipulative practices on consumers.

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. Their first call to duty is to create a website called Ledger of Harms, which will exist to exclusively let rank-and-file engineers know what the ethical side of things are looking like in regards to what they are being asked to build by the companies that govern them. On its website, the Center explains how modern apps and services are engineered to grab attention and intentionally addict us. Napster creator and early Facebook investor Sean Parker joined the chorus of anti-social-media evangelists past year when he said, "God only knows what it's doing to our children's brains".

Do we really need more research into whether technology is bad for kids? Funded by Common Sense, a not-for-profit organisation that promotes safe technology and media for children.

Several individuals who have been involved with major Silicon Valley players are taking part in the campaign, including former Google design ethicist Tristan Harris, and Roger McNamee, former adviser and investor at Facebook.

Many parents and mental health experts have called on tech companies to reduce marketing to children.

This week, Common Sense Media and the Center for Humane Technology will hold a conference to detail the techniques used by tech companies to hook kids and the potential harm, including attention and cognition disorders, stress and anxiety.

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

The site will include data on the health effects of different technologies and ways to make products that are healthier, The New York Times report said. "If they are turned down, they don't get to ask again", reported the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday.

In an interview with CNN International's Maggie Lake last week, Facebook investor McNamee said, "profits definitely come before people at Facebook now".

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