Instagram head says social media is like cars: they’re good even if ‘people die’

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Instagram chief Adam Mosseri has compared social media to cars, saying that while people can suffer, the good can outweigh the bad.

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“We know that more people die because of car accidents, but overall, cars create more value in the world than they destroy,” Mosseri said on Wednesday. Recode Media Podcasts, as reported by CNBC, “And I think social media is the same”.

The podcast’s host, Peter Kafka, asked whether the Facebook-owned Photos app should be limited or regulated if there is a chance that it could harm users.


“Not at all, and I really don’t agree with the comparison to drugs or cigarettes, which have very limited, if any, upside,” Mosseri said. “Whatever is going to be used on a large scale is going to have positive and negative consequences. Cars have positive and negative consequences.”

Mosseri said he thinks care is needed, as “regulation could create more problems,” but added that he “thinks that we are a large industry that is important, and we need to develop it further.” the wanted”.

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His comments were criticized by former Facebook executive Brian Boland, who previously disclosed insights into the inner workings of the social media company.

“We also have rules for cars and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Maybe @mosseri should read unsafe at any speed?”, he tweeted.

The news comes after a series of stories published by wall street journal, which showed that Facebook knew Instagram makes teenage girls feel bad about themselves, but younger users are ‘addicted’ to the app.

Facebook “regularly made exceptions for powerful actors” using a program called XCheck magazine informed of, Exempt them from the rules of the platform. 2019 review, reportedly viewed by magazine, said Facebook “isn’t really doing what we say we do publicly,” and called the company’s actions a “breach of trust.” It added: “Unlike the rest of our community, these people can violate our standards without any consequences.”

Facebook spokesman Andy Stone told magazine said XCheck’s criticism was justified, but added that the system was “designed for one important reason: to create an extra step so that we can more accurately apply policies on content that needs more understanding.” “

He also said that Facebook has been precise in its communications, and was phasing out the whitelisting as an exercise. A lot of this internal material is outdated information that is stitched together to create a narrative that shines through on the most important point: Facebook identified issues with CrossCheck and worked to address them. Has been doing.”

one in blog post About this of the Wall Street Journal Conclusion, Instagram said: “Social media is not inherently good or bad for people. Many people find it helpful one day, and problematic the next. What matters most is how people use social media.” How do they do it, and what is their state of mind when they use it.

“Many people said that Instagram makes things better or has no effect, but some, especially those who were already feeling down, said that Instagram can make things worse. Researched In the world, this is not surprising or unexpected. Issues such as negative social comparisons and anxiety exist in the world, so they will continue to exist on social media as well. That doesn’t change the fact that we take these findings seriously, and we This research has set up a unique effort to respond and change Instagram for the better.”


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