It’s obvious by now that Silicon Valley doesn’t care about America’s youth. Mark Zuckerberg continues to run his platforms in ways that are actually harming young people, but recent research and upcoming hearings could put an end to the harm.
“In a recent letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, a group of academics stated that internal Facebook research into the effects of the platform is ‘doomed to fail,’ and the company should allow third-party groups to review the impact of Zuckerberg’s platforms on young people,” reported Breitbart News.
Andrew Przybylski, director of research at the Oxford Internet Institute, commented:
“In principle, we applaud that Meta tries to understand how its platforms may be impacting the mental health of young people. However, the work is not only methodologically questionable, it is also conducted in secret. That’s why such studies are misguided and, in their present state, doomed to fail.”
“The letter comes just days ahead of a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing set to take place on this week on the effect of Instagram’s platform on younger users. The CEO of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, is expected to testify at the hearing,” Breitbart News reported.
“Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee has been critical of Instagram’s dealings with younger users, stating: “Instagram’s repeated failures to protect children’s privacy have already been exposed before the U.S. Senate. Now, it is time for action. I look forward to discussing tangible solutions to improve safety and data security for our children and grandchildren.”
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