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Gary Vaynerchuk: 'Stop blaming platforms for your own bad behaviour'

Campaign 28 May 2021 09:00

Gary Vaynerchuk is often asked by his friends about the ethics and safety of the social-media platforms he has dedicated his life towards, as both the chief executive of a social media-focused digital advertising agency, and as GaryVee, the influencer.

"You can imagine every friend of mine that is in this industry always wants to talk to me about this, especially those with kids," he said during a fireside chat with Campaign Asia-Pacific at Advertising Week Asia on Thursday (May 27).

"They say ‘Look, Gary, this is ruining our kids’."

His response is always the same: If you are worried about a platform, leave.

"I'm like, ‘You're their parent. Don't let them be on the platform’," he said. "I am so happy in my life because my mother created an ecosystem that didn't make me succumb to peer pressure, and allowed me to independently think, and to not have my self esteem wrapped up in other people's validation. You as a parent are making a decision that you actually don't care about this as much as you claim you do, because you're letting your child live on it, and you yourself are living on it."

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