Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri said Wednesday he plans to testify before Congress for the first time about how the social media app is trying to keep youth safe amid criticism that the photo and video service could harm the mental health of teens. doing damage.
“These are important issues, but we share goals. We all want young people to be safe when they are online,” Mosseri, who has three children, said in a statement. Video Posted on Twitter.
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Mosseri did not say when the hearing would take place. Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, hosting a series of hearings about child safety, said the new York Times The executive is expected to appear before the Senate during the week of December 6. Blumenthal’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Blumenthal later began hosting hearings. wall street journal published a story about how Instagram’s internal research showed the app is “toxic” for teenage girls, worsening body image issues for some young people. Instagram is part of Meta, formerly known as Facebook. The social network has said the research is being misrepresented and that Instagram also connects young people with family and friends and in some cases helps them deal with body image issues or has no effect . Instagram is also working on new tools aimed at improving mental health, including a feature to remind users to take breaks from the platform.
in September,Blumenthal appeared before the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Data Security in a hearing. Senate panel also held hearings about online child safety with officials in October ,
It’s not only US lawmakers investigating Instagram. Last week, a group of state attorneys general said they were investigating whether META violated state consumer protection law. Promote Instagram for kids and teens Despite knowing the loss of service.