Tech investor Roger McNamee makes these claims in "Zucked: Wakes Up to the Facebook Disaster," expiring on Tuesday.
"Facebook and Google designed their products to create habits that for many people become an addiction," McNamee told CNN Business on Monday. "They manipulate attention for profit and allow bad actors to manipulate some users in ways that harm them and others."
But he claims that the public has "more power than they realize."
"They may retire Some of the awareness platforms rely on changing their use and demand actions by government policy makers," he told CNN Business.
Facebook pushes back. "We take criticism seriously," a Facebook spokesman in a statement given to CNN Business. "Over the past two years, we have fundamentally changed how we operate to better protect the safety of people using Facebook. The reality is Roger McNamee has not been involved in Facebook for a decade. "
McNamee has long been a vocal critic of Facebook. In an interview with CNN Business last year, McNamee said he had been worried about the potential dangers of Facebook in 201
In October That same year, McNamee said he reached out to Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg to express his concern about "bad actors" who might exploit Facebook.
Although the leaders were cordial and arranged for him to talk to someone else on their teams, he said he did not think the company had taken concerns seriously.
"Although we did not do enough to anticipate some of these risks, we have now made basic changes," Facebook said in the blog post. "In the past year, we have invested record numbers to keep people safe and strengthen our defense against abuse. We have also given people far more control over their information and more transparency in our policies, operations and ads."
McNamee said the goal of the book is to "help everyone understand the platforms they love to use, have a dark side and what they can do to protect themselves and their children."