Joseph Gordon-Levitt has some strong thoughts about YouTube and Instagram.
The actor and director said Wednesday that the platforms are a "net negative" for human creativity.
"This business model is bad for people's creativity, especially young people," Gordon-Levitt said at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco.
"If you're setting out to make a short film, for example, and you already have on your mind, 'What's going to get me the most likes, followers, subscribers, etc.,' that's not the creative process that's going to make you the most happy as a creative person."
Gordon-Levitt is the founder of HitRecord, an online community where people collaborate on creative projects ranging from film to music to writing.
While plenty of beautiful content and communities exist on YouTube and Instagram, Gordon-Levitt said, he has an issue with business models that offer "free" services in exchange for "the right to conduct mass surveillance" and apply machine-learning algorithms to massive data sets for the benefit of third-party advertisers.