Instagram says it will keep teens away from harmful content and introduce a “break” feature, which the company is trying to dispel revelations about the impact of Facebook products on mental health.
The plans came a week after a U.S. Senate witness testified that Franz Hoagen accused Facebook of making a profit, not a security one.
Hougen revealed an internal study on Facebook that shows that Instagram can worsen body image, eating disorders and other mental health problems – especially when users are teenage girls. He said the company’s algorithms can give teens addictive photos and videos, even if such content exacerbates mental health problems.
Facebook’s new capabilities seem to be an attempt to respond to such criticism.
“We want to introduce something, which I think makes a big difference, where our system sees teens looking at the same content over and over again, and that may not be in their best interests. We encourage them to look at different content,” Facebook’s global affairs said. Vice President Nick Clegg in an interview with Acesparks on Sunday.
Facebook hasn’t said how to determine what content “doesn’t help” teen well-being — and how it differs from, say, a girl watching gymnastics videos and a girl watching weight loss clips.
Clegg said the company will also provide parents with tools to track teens’ performance on Instagram, as well as a “break” feature.
“We encourage teens to just take a break from Instagram,” Clegg said. He also did not elaborate on how this feature would work. Facebook did not return a request from The Post for more information about the new features.
Critics have criticized Facebook for exposing the app’s impact, saying Instagram could harm teens, but Klegg and other Facebook executives say the company they’re researching is primarily concerned about safety. rsatdi.
He said the research will help the company develop proposals such as “nudity” and “break”.
A study by Acesparks presenter Dana Bash Haugen pointed out that it was posted on Facebook two years ago, and asked why the company waited until Hougen changed Instagram’s impact on teens ’mental health.
Klegg said the company has made other changes based on research. He did not say when the new features would take effect.
“These are our plans for the future,” Clegg said.
The company told The Verge that the “shift,” “break,” and parental tracking features will be “not yet tested, but coming soon.”
In a blog post in September, Facebook announced that it had “suspended” plans to develop an Instagram version for children, with Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri saying the company was “exploring” the ideas.
“We’re exploring two new ideas: if you’re living in content that contributes to negative social comparisons, encourage people to consider other topics, and a feature called ‘take a break.’ will the time you spend be meaningful, ”Mosseri wrote.