Instagram CEO Testifies Before Congress About Whistleblower Claims

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Instagram CEO Testifies Before Congress About Whistleblower Claims

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Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri will testify before Congress on Wednesday about how the social media platform handles the safety of young users. Mosseri will have to respond to a whistleblower’s revelations that the company is doing too little to protect teenagers from the dangerous effects of the platform.

An internal report from parent company Facebook, which recently changed its name to Meta, found that Instagram negatively affects the self-esteem of teens, especially teenage girls. Instagram already announced on Tuesday that it would add a new feature to its app that should remind users to take a digital break every now and then. Instagram also wants to limit the interaction between teens and people who don’t follow them and provide more parental control tools.

The feature will be available first in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia and will be made available to everyone in the coming months.

Congressional Consumer Protection Subcommittee Chairman Richard Blumenthal said the new features are “baby steps” Instagram should have taken a long time ago. Connecticut Democratic Senator Blumenthal and other senators have said they don’t trust tech companies to control themselves and have vowed to enforce stricter rules to protect privacy and hold platforms accountable for how they disseminate information.

In October, whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before the same Congressional subcommittee. The former Facebook employee accused the social media company of acting unethically. Haugen, who as a Facebook employee was responsible for countering disinformation, said the company did nothing about disturbing internal investigations and did not do enough against fake news and conspiracy theories.

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