Facebook will try to ‘nudge’ teens away from harmful content

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WASHINGTON, Oct 10 (Businesshala) – A Facebook Inc (F.B.O) executive said on Sunday that the company will introduce new measures on its app to protect teens from harmful content, as US lawmakers investigate the matter. How subsidiaries like Facebook and Instagram influence youth. mental health.

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Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, Nick Clegg, also expressed openness to the idea of ​​giving regulators access to Facebook algorithms, which are used to enhance content. But Clegg said he could not answer the question of whether its algorithm amplified the voices of those who attacked the US Capitol on January 6.

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Clegg told CNN’s “State of the Union” that the algorithm “should, if necessary, be taken into account by regulation so that what people say according to our system matches what actually happens.” can.”

Days after former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen testified on Capitol Hill, she talked about how the company entices users to scroll is hurting the well-being of teens.

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“We’re going to introduce something that I think will make a big difference, where our systems see that teens are watching the same content over and over and it’s content that may not be conducive to their well-being. ‘We’ll inspire them to see other content,'” Clegg told CNN.

In addition, “we’re offering something, ‘Take a Break,’ where we’ll encourage teens to just take a break from using Instagram,” Clegg said.

US senators last week told Facebook about its plans to better protect young users on its apps, drawing on leaked internal research showing that the social media giant was aware that its Instagram app had targeted young people. How to harm the mental health of

Democrat Senator Amy Klobuchar, who chairs the antitrust subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has argued for more regulation against technology companies like Facebook.

“I’m tired of hearing ‘trust us,'” Klobuchar told CNN on Sunday, and it’s time to protect moms and fathers who are exposed to all kinds of bad things with their kids. Struggling to come.” After interviewing Clegg.

She said the United States needs a new privacy policy so that people can “opt in” in favor of allowing their online data to be shared. Klobuchar said the United States should also update its children’s privacy laws and its competition policy, and require tech companies to make their algorithms more transparent.

Clegg noted that Facebook recently halted its plans to develop Instagram Kids, aimed at pre-teens, and was introducing new optional controls for adults to monitor teens.

Reporting by Susan Cornwell; Editing by Mary Milliken and Lisa Shumaker

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