Kanye West calls out social media apps saying they are ‘modern-day cigarettes’

Kanye West has attacked social media apps, calling them addictive and brainwashing – but in the same breath, he praised Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for being ‘a visionary’. 

The songwriter was interviewed on Apple Music where he opened up about his decade-long sex addiction and slammed sites like Instagram for contributing to his ‘struggle’.

However, West also said Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey is his favorite founder, calling him ‘incredibly smart, a visionary’.

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Kanye West was interviewed on Apple Music, where he opened up about his decade long sex addiction and slammed sites like Instagram for making him ‘struggle’

West appeared on the lasted Apple Music episode to discuss his highly anticipated ‘Jesus Is King’ album and film coming to IMAX on October 25.

He also discussed his previous sex addiction and how social media apps added to his struggle, as first reported by Business Insider.

‘It’s modern-day cigarettes,’ he said calling out apps like Instagram that contributed to his ‘struggle.’

West also compared photos on Instagram to what pornography was like for him growing up.

Other than sharing parts of his past, the rapper expressed admiration for Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey (pictured). He called Dorsey 'incredibly smart, a visionary' and praised Dorsey's history as a founder, noting Twitter and Square

Other than sharing parts of his past, the rapper expressed admiration for Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey (pictured). He called Dorsey ‘incredibly smart, a visionary’ and praised Dorsey’s history as a founder, noting Twitter and Square 

Other than sharing details from his past, the rapper expressed admiration for Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.

He called Dorsey ‘incredibly smart, a visionary’ and praised Dorsey’s history as a founder, noting Twitter and Square.

‘Jack Dorsey has created an app where someone can buy into that stock at a dollar,’ West said about Dorsey’s pilot stock-trading app that lets anyone invest in stock for a dollar.

The songwriter also said Dorsey was one of the first people who wanted to invest in him early on in his career.

He talked about the different visions between founders and investors, and his respect for founders. 

‘You’ve gotta honor living founders, those are the great great great great grandfathers of what’s being built.

While discussing founders, West made it clear that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was not one of his favorites.

‘I will always remember every meeting and interaction I’ve had with Jack Dorsey, and I will always remember my meetings and interactions with Mark Zuckerberg — and they’ve been completely different,’ he said.

Dorsey also revealed his distaste for Zuckerberg in an interview this week.

The Twitter CEO was interviewed on Thursday at the Twitter News Summit in New York City, where he unloaded on his Facebook counterpart.

While discussing founders, West made it clear that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (pictured) was not one of his favorites. Dorsey also revealed his distaste for Zuckerberg in an interview this week

While discussing founders, West made it clear that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (pictured) was not one of his favorites. Dorsey also revealed his distaste for Zuckerberg in an interview this week

Dorsey was asked about his opinion of Zuckerberg’s speech delivered at Georgetown University last week where he revealed he decided against banning political ads in the name of free speech and defended his company’s refusal to ‘fact-check’ Trump campaign ads.

Dorsey said Zuckerberg’s has a ‘major gap and flaw’ in his argument for free speech.

‘We talk a lot about speech and expression and we don’t talk about reach enough, and we don’t talk about amplification. And reach and amplification was not represented in that speech,’ Dorsey said, according to journalist Sarah Frier who was tweeting from the event.

Dorsey said that Zuckerberg’s Facebook algorithm sees promoted posts that people pay for reach a bigger audience, which is a ‘major gap and flaw in the substance he as getting across.’

In the Georgetown speech, Zuckerberg said the founding of Facebook was in response to the Iraq war adding, ‘If more people had a voice to share their experiences, maybe things would have gone differently.’

It was the first time Zuckerberg made that Iraq War claim. He previously said Facebook was started as a tool to compare students’ attractiveness.

Dorsey clapped back saying: ‘There’s some amount of revisionist history in all his storytelling. It takes away from the authenticity and the genuineness of what we’re trying to do.’

 

 

 

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