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Facebook has many ideas in its mind about how to better serve teens and protect them from the known pitfalls of social media, with a former employee revealing documents that the company knew about 20% of teens were using Instagram. The latter feel bad about himself, who owns Facebook.

In conversation with CNN “state of the Union” On Sunday, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, Nick Clegg, claimed that despite harming some teens, most still benefit from Instagram. Still, he said, the company intends to do more to provide a safe experience for teens.


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“The first thing we do is stop work on something called Instagram Kids,” Clegg said. He said that eventually that service would be a “solution” to existing problems, but added that the company is pausing it to “listen to experts, consult with others” and “explain our intentions.”

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“In the meantime,” he continued, “we’re going to introduce new controls for adults and teens on an optional basis, obviously, so that adults can see what their teens are doing online.”

Clegg also said that when his system sees that a teen user is viewing the same content over and over — especially content that may not be conducive to their well-being — Instagram will suggest that they view other content. . Additionally, he said, Instagram will give an alert “inspiring teens to simply take a break from using Instagram” when they are on a long walk.

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Host Dana Bash then asked if Facebook had implemented any of these measures yet, given that the company had been aware of the threats for two years, according to whistleblower Frances Haugen.

“Those are our plans for the future,” Clegg said, noting that the company has taken other measures in the past, such as allowing users to block certain words and limit or limit communication with people whose Together they do not want to be connected.

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Clegg refuted Haugen’s claims that Facebook dismissed its findings of negative effects on teens in order to drive profits, claiming they wouldn’t be doing research in the first place if money cared.

“We can’t make everyone’s life perfect with the wave of a stick,” he said. “What we can do is improve our products so that our products are safe and enjoyable wherever we can improve them.”