Last week, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen spoke to 60 Minutes and testified in front of Congress. She had worked in the civic integrity department, which was dissolved after the election, paving the way for the January 6th insurrection. Haugen handed over internal documents to the government, detailing how Facebook favored growth, profit and engagement over truth and mental health. Facebook knows that Instagram can be damaging to mental health for teens, particularly girls, and that was part of the reason they planned to put out a version for teens, which they’ve since put on hold. Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp experienced a six hour outage last Monday as well, which they claim was due to an update gone wrong. Founder/CEO Mark Zuckerberg issued an explanation for the outage with a defensive and wordy response to Haugen. He refused to admit to any issues and claimed they’ve done everything they can, basically.
Facebook has now sent their VP of Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, out to do damage control. I watched his segment on Meet The Press (here’s a link to that) and surprise – he’s an old white British man. Like Zuckerberg he doesn’t admit to any problems whatsoever and uses a “we can’t please everyone/both sides” argument. He listed off the things that Facebook has done to curb hate speech as if they haven’t been enabling white supremacy, racism, vaccine misinformation and frankly genocide for over a decade. It’s ok because they’re going to implement a “please take a break” notification like Netflix though. Here’s CNBC’s report on some of the things Clegg said on Sunday. He talked to other news outlets as well, this isn’t all from his NBC interview.
Facebook will implement new tools to divert users away from harmful content, limit political content and give parents more control on teen Instagram accounts, the company’s vice president of global affairs, Nick Clegg, told several morning news shows Sunday.
Though Clegg did not elaborate on the specifics of the tools, he told ABC’s “This Week” that one measure would urge users who are on Facebook’s platform Instagram for long periods of time to “take a break.” Another feature will nudge teens looking at content harmful to their well-being to look at something else, he said.
Clegg also said the company’s planned Instagram Kids, a service for children 13 and younger the company recently paused, is a part of the solution.
“We have no commercial incentive to do anything other than try and make sure that the experience is positive,” Clegg said. “We can’t 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 Senate testimony of whistleblower Frances Haugen 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 over users’ health and safety.
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