Facebook hits back at former executive Chamath Palihapitiya


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Facebook has responded to a former executive who said the social network, and other services like it, was "ripping society apart".

Chamath Palihapitiya made the comments last month but were circulated widely online on Monday.

Facebook took the unusual step of issuing a statement to defend itself.

A spokesperson said Palihapitiya had not worked at Facebook for more than six 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 realised how our responsibilities have grown too."

Palihapitiya, who was Facebook's vice-president for user growth, is now a prominent venture capitalist.

He is the latest member of an influential chorus worried about the true impact of the "like" culture - a feeling that too many people turn to social networks for validation and happiness.

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