Facebook will try to keep teens away from harmful content

A Facebook Inc executive said on Sunday the company would introduce new measures on its apps to keep teens away from harmful content, as US lawmakers examine how Facebook and its affiliates like Instagram affect the mental health of young people.

Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, also expressed his openness to allowing regulators access to Facebook’s algorithms used to amplify content. But Clegg said he couldn’t answer the question of whether his algorithms amplified the voices of people who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

Algorithms “should be held accountable, if necessary, by regulation so that people can match what our systems say they are supposed to do from what is actually going on,” Clegg told “State of the Union “from CNN.

He spoke days after former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen testified on Capitol Hill about how the company is making users keep scrolling, harming the well-being of teens.

“We’re going to introduce something that I think will make a huge difference, this is where our systems see the teenager watching the same content over and over again and it’s content that may not be conducive to their own good. -being, we’ll push them to watch other content, ”Clegg told CNN.

Plus, “we’re introducing something called ‘take a break,’ where we’ll get teens to just take a break from Instagram,” Clegg said.

Last week, U.S. Senators toasted Facebook on its plans to better protect young users on its apps, drawing on leaked internal research that showed the social media giant was aware of how its Instagram app harmed the mental health of young people.

Senator Amy Klobuchar, a Democrat who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee’s antitrust subcommittee, has advocated for more regulation against tech companies like Facebook.

“I’m just tired of hearing ‘trust us’, and it’s time to protect the moms and dads who have a hard time getting their kids to become platform addicts and have been exposed to all kinds of bad things, “Klobuchar told CNN on Sunday after the Clegg interview.

She said the United States needs a new privacy policy so people can “sign up” if they are in favor of sharing their data online. The United States should also update children’s privacy laws and competition policy, and require tech companies to make their algorithms more transparent, Klobuchar said.

Clegg noted that Facebook recently suspended its plans to develop Instagram Kids, which is aimed at pre-teens, and was introducing new optional controls for adults to supervise teens.

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