Instagram to Prompt Teens Away from Harmful Content, Embrace Regulators’ Role in Protecting Young People

Teens Away from Harmful Content: The social media giant is set to introduce new measures on its apps to prompt teens away from harmful content, as US lawmakers scrutinize how Facebook and subsidiaries like Instagram affect young people’s mental health.

Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, has also expressed openness to the idea of granting regulators access to Facebook algorithms.

But he declined to answer whether its algorithms amplified the voices of people who had attacked the US Capitol on January 6.

“The systems should be held accountable, if necessary, by regulation so that we know what’s supposed to happen and actually happens,” Clegg told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

The algorithms “should be held to account, if necessary, by regulation so that people can match what our systems say they’re supposed to do from what actually happens,” Clegg told CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“We’re going to introduce something which I think will make a considerable difference, which is where our systems see that the teenager is looking at the same content over and over again and it’s content which may not be conducive to their well-being, we will nudge them to look at other content,” Clegg told CNN.

Teens Away from Harmful Content, In addition, “we’re introducing something called, ‘take a break,’ where we will be prompting teens to just simply just take a break from using Instagram,” Clegg said.

The US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation will hear testimony from Clegg, alongside Facebook’s global head of policy management Monika Bickert and chief privacy officer Erin Egan.

Last week the company came under fire after a British parliamentary committee released emails revealing internal discussions about how Instagram can be used as “positive reinforcement.”


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