Twitter, Facebook ‘Designed’ to Exploit Brain Chemistry, ‘The Social Dilemma’ Director Says

TheGrill 2020: The incentive structures of Silicon Valley have “negative consequences on our society,” Jeff Orlowski says

Social media powerhouses like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are “designed” to exploit users’ brain chemistry in order to keep them glued to their phones, “The Social Dilemma” director Jeff Orlowski told TheWrap founder Sharon Waxman at TheGrill 2020 on Thursday afternoon.

Orlowski, while discussing his new Netflix documentary, said the underlying, sinister truth about the world’s biggest apps is that they’re akin to drugs.

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Sean Burch

Sean Burch

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