Bill Maher says social media tycoons should “stop pretending that they are friendly nerd Gods building a better world.”
Instead, the “Real Time” host has called on them to admit they are “just tobacco farmers in T-shirts, selling an addictive product to children.”
“Let’s face it, checking your ‘likes’ is the new smoking,” he said Friday.
Maher referenced a recent CBS “60 Minutes” report on the concept of brain-hacking. It alleged that tech companies purposefully design addictive products which force people to constantly feel the need to “check in.”
“Every time you check your phone, you are pulling that slot machine handle because you may get that reward,” Maher said. “It’s come to this? You don’t exist until you get a smiley face?”