Facebook will introduce a slew of features including using its photo-sharing app Instagram to prompt teens to take breaks and “nude” teens if they’re repeatedly viewing the same content that’s not conducive to their well-being .
Facebook also plans to introduce new controls for teen adults on an optional basis so that a parent or guardian can see what their teen is doing online.
The move comes after Facebook announced late last month that it was halting work on its Instagram for Kids project. But critics say the plan lacks details and doubts the new features will be effective.
The news comes after a series of hurtful stories about the social media company, in which its own research revealed that it was having a negative effect on some children and that it had a secret VIP list that allowed high-profile users. was allowed to violate its rules.
The new controls were outlined on Sunday by Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, who made the rounds on various Sunday news shows, including CNN’s “State of the Union” and ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” where he About the use of Facebook. Algorithms as well as its role in spreading harmful misinformation prior to the January 6 Capitol riots.
“We’re constantly iterating to improve our products,” Clegg told Dana Bash on “State of the Union” on Sunday.
“We can’t make everyone’s life perfect, with just one wave of the stick. We can improve our products so that our products are safe and enjoyable to use.
Clegg said Facebook has invested $13 billion to keep the platform safe over the years and that the company has 40,000 people working on these issues.
Josh Golin, executive director of FairPlay, a watchdog for the children and media marketing industry, said he doesn’t think it would be effective to introduce controls to help parents monitor teens because many teens set up secret accounts anyway. Huh.
He was also skeptical about how effective it would be to motivate teens to take breaks or move away from harmful content. He said Facebook needs to show how they will implement it and offer research that shows these tools are effective.
“There is tremendous reason to be skeptical,” he said. He added that regulators need to restrict what Facebook does with its algorithms.
He added that he also believes Facebook should cancel its Instagram project for kids.
When Clegg was grilled by both Bash and Stephanopoulos in separate interviews about the use of algorithms in amplifying misinformation prior to the January 6 riots, he responded that people would see more if Facebook removed the algorithm. , no less hate speech, more, no less, misinformation.
Clegg told both hosts that the algorithm worked as a “giant spam filter.”
Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota, who chairs the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust and Consumer Rights, told Bash in a separate interview Sunday that it is looking to update children’s privacy laws and bring more transparency into the use of algorithms. It’s time to provide.
“I appreciate that he’s ready to talk things out, but I believe it’s time to talk,” Klobuchar said, referring to Clegg’s plan. “Now is the time to take action.”
Frances Haugen, a former data scientist with Facebook, accused the social media platform of failing to make changes to Instagram in front of Congress last week after internal research apparently harmed some teens and raised their concerns against hate and misinformation. Dishonest in public fight.
Haugen’s allegations were supported by thousands of pages of internal research documents secretly copied before leaving the job at the company’s civil integrity unit.
Additional reporting by The Associated Press
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