Fb is ready so as to add new security measures after the whistleblower leak, particularly for teenagers
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Facebook will implement new tools to distract users from harmful content, restrict political content, and give parents more control over teenagers’ Instagram accounts, the company’s vice president of global affairs Nick Clegg told several morning news broadcasts on Sunday.
Although Clegg did not elaborate on the specifics of the tools, he told ABC’s “This Week” that a measure would encourage users who have been on the Facebook platform Instagram for an extended period of time to “take a break.” Another feature will entice teenagers watching content that is harmful to their wellbeing to watch something else, he said.
Clegg also said the company’s planned Instagram Kids, a service for children under the age of 13 that the company recently discontinued, is part of the solution.
“We have no commercial incentive to do anything other than make sure the experience is positive,” said Clegg. “We cannot change human nature. We always see bad things online. We can do everything we can to try to reduce and mitigate them.”
Clegg’s media appearances come in response to the testimony of whistleblower Frances Haugen in the Senate on Tuesday. Haugen, who leaked internal Facebook documents to the Wall Street Journal and Congress, told a Senate panel that the company consistently puts its own profits above the health and safety of its users.
The leaked documents led to a series of stories for the journal that revealed that the company is aware of several issues – including the fact that it knows Instagram is damaging teenage mental health – but either ignores or fails to resolve them.
The company will begin sending data on the content it publishes to an independent review every 12 weeks, Clegg told ABC, because “we need to be held accountable”.
With congressional leaders demanding more transparency from the tech giant regarding user privacy, Clegg urged lawmakers to step in.
“We’re not saying this somehow replaces our own responsibility, but there are a number of things that only regulators and lawmakers can do,” he told NBC’s Meet the Press. “And at the end of the day, I don’t think anyone would want a private company to decide on these really difficult trade-offs between free speech on the one hand and moderating or removing content on the other.”
Haugen will speak to the Facebook supervisory body in the coming weeks, the body announced on Monday. The board was formed in 2018 to review content after the company faced a series of scandals surrounding alleged Russian meddling and other abuse of the platform.
The board announced on its website that it is currently reviewing whether Facebook has “fully reacted” to the reactions to its counter-checking system.
“I accepted the invitation to inform the Facebook Oversight Board about what I learned while working there,” Haugen wrote on Twitter. “Facebook has lied to the board repeatedly and I look forward to telling you the truth.”
In response to allegations that Facebook spread misinformation and hate speech prior to the January 6th Capitol Rising, Clegg told CNN’s State of the Union that individuals are responsible for their own actions.
He said removing algorithms would only encourage more misinformation because they act as “huge spam filters”.
The company is also looking at ways to reduce the political presence on Facebook for some users, he said.
“Our job is to mitigate and reduce the bad and reinforce the good, and I think this investment, this technology, and some of this evidence of how little hate speech there is compared to a few years ago, shows that we can move us on the right path. ” Direction, “he said to” Meet the Press “.