Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, will testify in the Senate for the first time as part of a series of online safety hearings for children and teens. According to The New York Times, Moseri’s hearing will take place on December 6, US time.
At the hearing of Mr. Moseri, Senator Richard Blumenthal (Democratic Party) sent a letter to Facebook (now Meta) CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who or Mr. Moseri. It all started when one of them requested to attend a hearing in the Senate.
Moseri posted a video following the news of attending the Senate. He talks about growing concerns about the online safety of teens, making teens’ accounts private by default and limiting the types of ads they see. Introduced past measures Instagram has taken to protect young users.
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“I’m going to talk about these issues in Congress relatively soon,” Moseri said.Told.. “These are important issues, but we all have a common goal. We all want young people to spend their time online safely.”
There’s an important discussion happening right now about keeping young people safe online. I’ve been thinking a lot about how Instagram shows up, and I’m looking forward to sharing more of the work we’re doing in the weeks ahead 🙏🏼 pic.twitter.com/dLQNDh6G34
— Adam Mosseri 😷 (@mosseri) November 24, 2021
The Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Commission took it seriously when it was reported in September that Instagram knew it was having a dangerous impact on teenage girls. The committee first asked Antigone Davis, Facebook’s global head of security, but did not answer the direct question from the Senate. A few weeks later, the commission heard the testimony of Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen. Haugen is a former Civic Integrity Product Manager who leaked thousands of internal documents known as “Facebook Papers.” In this testimony, Haugen told the Senate that Facebook is more about profit than user safety.
“I’m disappointed that Facebook doesn’t try to be completely transparent to me, other lawmakers and the general public, and seems to hide important information about youth mental health and addiction.” Written by Senator Blumenthal, who chairs the Senate Committee that hosts the hearing. “When I asked for specific information about Instagram and teens in an August letter, Facebook gave a clearly evasive and misleading answer that Mr. Haugen argued directly.”
In October 2021, after hearing from Snap, TikTok, and YouTube executives, the committee will meet again to hear from Instagram representatives. Given the Commission’s interest in the link between the development of adolescent eating disorders and Instagram, Moseri said of Meta’s leaked internal research on the impact of Instagram on teenage girls. Expected to be asked.
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According to this internal study, obtained by The Wall Street Journal and later published by Meta itself, Instagram exacerbates the body image problem in one in three teenage girls, with teenage girls having anxiety and depression. It turns out that the increase is blamed on Instagram. Among teens with suicidal ideation, Instagram is the reason why 6% of users want to die from suicide. In addition, 32% of teenage girls surveyed reported that Instagram exacerbated their feelings when they felt bad about their body.
Shortly after these documents were leaked, Moseri announced that Instagram would suspend the construction of Instagram Kids. Meta already has products such as Messenger Kids that allow users under the age of 13 to chat with parents-approved partners.
“We support the need to develop this experience, but decided to suspend the project,” Moseri wrote. “This gives parents, professionals, policy makers and regulators time to work with them, listen to their concerns and demonstrate the value and importance of this project to the online experience of teens. can do”.
But critics are skeptical about Meta’s ability to responsibly build Instagram Kids products. According to a survey released in November 2021, Facebook continues to monitor teens for ad targeting.
“It is urgent and necessary for you or Adam Moseri to testify, organize records, and show Congress members and parents plans on how you can protect your children,” Senator Blumenthal said. Wrote to Mr. Zuckerberg.
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(Sentence: Amanda Silberling, Translation: Yuta Kaminishi)