Instagram head to testify before Congress

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Adam Mosseri, the head of Meta-owned Instagram, has agreed to testify before Congress about Instagram’s impact on young people in early December, he said in a statement. Video Posted on Twitter on Wednesday.

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why it matters: Meta, formerly Facebook, continues to acknowledge the growing concern of the public and lawmakers over the impact of social media apps on children and teens.

What are they saying: “There’s an important discussion happening right now about keeping young people safe online,” Mosseri said. “I’ve been thinking a lot about how Instagram appears, and I’m looking forward to sharing more of that work. I’m doing what we’re doing week ahead.”

  • Mosseri said that when he thinks about child safety on the Internet he thinks of his three children, and he thinks it’s his responsibility to keep the kids safe while they do “amazing things online.”
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description: Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) will lead the hearing before the Senate Commerce Consumer Protection Subcommittee in the week of December 6, his office confirmed to Nerdshala.

  • “Following the blustery reports about Instagram’s toxic effects, we’d like to hear directly from the company’s leadership about why it uses powerful algorithms that push toxic content down the rabbit hole to take kids to dark places.” and what it will do to make its platform secure,” Blumenthal said in an emailed statement.
  • Growing concerns about children’s safety came to the fore after whistleblower Frances Haugen’s testimony before Congress and revelations in the Wall Street Journal about Instagram’s research into teens and young girls.

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