Facebook will add new safety features for teenagers after whistleblower leaks

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On May 10, 2019, before meeting with the French President at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and the head of Facebook’s global policy communication and former British Deputy Prime Minister Nick K. Legg (left) takes a group photo.

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Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, said in several morning news programs on Sunday that Facebook will implement new tools to divert users away from harmful content, restrict political content, and give parents more control over teen Instagram accounts.

Although Craig did not elaborate on the specifics of these tools, he told ABC “this week” that a measure would urge users on Instagram to “take a break” for a long time. Another function will encourage young people to look at other things when they watch content that is harmful to their health.

Clegg also said that the company’s recently suspended Instagram Kids service for children 13 and under is part of the solution.

“…Apart from trying to make sure the experience is positive, we don’t have any commercial motivation to do anything,” Clegg said. “We cannot change human nature. We always see bad things online. We can do everything we can to reduce and mitigate them.”

Previously, the whistleblower Frances Haugen, who was responsible for leaking internal documents to the Wall Street Journal and Congress, said after testifying before the Senate panel earlier this month that the company always puts its own profits in the health and safety of users. Above.

Haugen’s leaked documents triggered a series of reports in The Wall Street Journal that highlighted several issues that the company knew but either ignored or did not solve, including its knowledge that Instagram is harmful to teenagers’ mental health.

The company will start sending its published content data to independent auditing agencies every 12 weeks, and Craig told ABC that it is doing so because “we need to take responsibility.” As congressional leaders called for the tech giant to increase transparency in user privacy, he also urged lawmakers to step in.

“We are not saying that this replaces our own responsibilities to some extent, but there are many things that only regulators and legislators can do,” he said on NBC’s “Meet the Media” program. “In the final analysis, I don’t think anyone wants private companies to make these very difficult trade-offs between free expression on the one hand and censoring or deleting content on the other.”

In response to allegations that Facebook spread misinformation and hate speech before the congressional riots on January 6, Craig told CNN’s “State of the Union Address” that individuals are responsible for their actions.

He added that deletion algorithms will only promote more misinformation because they are like “giant spam filters.” The company is also looking for ways to reduce the political appearance of certain users on Facebook.

“Our job is to reduce and reduce the bad and to amplify the good. I think these investments, technology, and some evidence that there is little hate speech compared to a few years ago show that we are moving in the right direction,” he told “Meet the media “.

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