Instagram to introduce ‘take a break’ feature and ‘nudge’ teens away from harmful content

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Facebook’s Vice President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg announced the update on Sunday

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Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, Nick Clegg, said on Sunday that Instagram would introduce new measures to wean teens away from harmful content and encourage them to “take a break” from the platform. Clegg commented CNN State of the Union Less than a week after whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before Congress about internal research showing that Instagram can have a negative impact on young people’s mental health.


“We’re going to introduce something that I think will make a big difference, where our systems see that a teen is watching the same content over and over, and it’s content that is not conducive to their well-being. Maybe, we’ll encourage them to watch other content,” Clegg said. He added that in addition to plans for the Instagram Kids platform to give parents alternative controls to stop and monitor teens, the company plans to introduce a feature called “Take a Break” where we can help teens take a bus break, he added. Will inspire you to take Using Instagram. ”

Clegg did not provide a timeline for either feature. in response to an email from ledge Seeking more details, a Facebook spokesperson said the features “haven’t been tested yet, but will be soon.” the spokesperson pointed 27 september blog post Instagram head Adam Mosseri noted that the company was “exploring” the features:

we announced Last week That we are exploring two new ideas: encouraging people to look at other topics if they are based on content that may contribute to negative social comparisons, and a feature called temporarily “take a break”. Where people can pause their accounts and take some time to consider whether the time they are spending is worthwhile.

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CNN host Dana Bash asked Clegg whether Facebook’s algorithms amplified or spread pro-insurgency voices prior to the January 6 riots at the US Capitol building. Clegg said he could not answer the question with a yes or no. Haugen is reportedly going to have a meeting with the committee 6 January attack investigation

Clegg said that Facebook’s algorithms should “if necessary, be taken into account by regulation so that people can match what our systems say they should do exactly.”

Facebook has come under severe criticism for the past several weeks. wall street journal Based on internal documents provided by Haugen. Haugen, a former product manager at Facebook, testified before Congress on Tuesday in a hearing focused on the company’s internal research, which showed Instagram can be toxic, especially for teenage girls. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg disputed Haugen’s account added that it was illogical for a company to push content that relies on advertisers to anger people.

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