Senator Richard Blumenthal has called Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook CEO or the Head of Instagram, to test the platform’s ability to protect children from harmful posts. Quoting internal company documents Frances Haugen leaked, Senator Blumenthal has addressed that Facebook has hidden some crucial information about teen mental health and addiction. Blumenthal also complained that Mr. Haugen had given false and misleading information, which remained doubtful and unresolved. About leaked documents, one of the popular newspapers has depicted that Facebook is still researching the harmful impacts of Instagram posts on its young users from the past three years.
Justification by Facebook Upon Harmful Impacts of Instagram on Teens
The researches highlight that Instagram can damage young mental health and body image especially teenaged young girls. Overall, lawmakers pressure has forced Instagram to redesign its plans for introducing its platform for young children under 13. Some days before, the Facebook head of Safety, Antigone Davis, testified on Instagram in front of the Senate Sub commercial Committee and informed that such controversy could stop the project. Blumenthal has admitted that Davis has provided false and inappropriate evidence and attempted to cover up its research wisely. Davis has replied that Facebook hasn’t stopped access to documents and following her office if such changes came into existence. However, various media reports have addressed that Facebook has locked down access to documents and restricted scrutiny and transparency to investigating team.