Instagram chief Adam Mosseri testified before Senate lawmakers on Wednesday and was pressured by the app’s effects on young children and teens.
why it matters: Legislation to protect children online is one area Congress has shown it is ready to regulate, as Nerdshala previously reported. Wednesday’s back-and-forth triggered lawmakers eager to create more rules for the social media platform and how children and teens can use them.
description: Lawmakers questioned Mosseri over Instagram’s parent company Meta’s internal research, trying to get him to support the bills and bringing methods that enabled his employees to find harmful content on the app to be banned. needed.
Four important moments:
- Mosseri commits to never moving Instagram for kids app In back-and-forth with Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn): “The only thing I can do today is that any child between the ages of 10 and 12, should we ever see a child between the ages of 10 and 12? Should Instagram manage to build older, they would have access to it without explicit parental consent,” Mosseri said.
- Senators managed to catch Mosseri off-guard several times About Instagram policies: Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Ten) pressed Mosseri in an interview with popular dancer and influencer JoJo Siwa, who said in a June interview that she has been on Instagram since the age of 8 is against the rules. “It was a missed opportunity,” Mosseri said, “to address underage children using Instagram.
- During questioning by Blackburn, Mosseri also revealed that Instagram had created private accounts for people under the age of 16 by default on iOS and Android, but did not do so on desktop.
3. Mosseri hesitated to say Instagram is addictive Or bad for mental health: lawmakers recently cited a surgeon general report good Joe says that certain types of online activity “may harm some youth.” Mosseri said he does not believe research shows social media leads to an increase in suicides, and told Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) that he was selectively interpreting the Surgeon General’s report.
4. Instagram will soon let users switch back to a chronological feed. Mosseri said Instagram is working on a content feed so that users can sort their feeds chronologically, like Instagram used to be before 2016 and will roll it out early next year.
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Editor’s Note: This story has been corrected to reflect that Sen. Dan Sullivan represents Alaska, not Arkansas.