Facebook is reportedly doing ‘reputation reviews’ on features, products in the midst of criticism

Facebook is reportedly doing ‘reputation reviews’ on features, products in the midst of criticism

Facebook is reportedly doing ‘reputation reviews’ on features, products in the midst of criticism

Facebook is reportedly planning to halt the launch of Instagram for Kids temporarily.

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Facebook is reportedly conducting “reputation reviews” to counter criticism of new features and products. The move comes after Frances Haugen, a former Facebook product manager who leaked thousands of internal documents about the company, on Tuesday told U.S. lawmakers that the products of the social network “harm children, arouse division and weaken our democracy.”

Business executives are halting updates to existing products and slowing down the rollout of new ones while reviewing reviews, according to a report Wednesday from the Wall Street Journal. The reviews are intended to ensure that products do not harm children and to investigate how Facebook may be criticized, the Journal reports, referring to people familiar with the matter. It is unknown how long the reviews will last or what they will entail.

Facebook has been under intense scrutiny since a Wall Street Journal series, based on documents leaked by Haugen, reported that the company ignored research on how Instagram could harm teenage girls and that it implemented an algorithm change to improve interaction on the platform that in fact, users got “angry.” Facebook claims that Journal mischaracterized its research.

On Tuesday, Haugen told Congress that Facebook prioritizes its profits over the public interest. She also urged lawmakers to change Section 230, a law that protects Facebook, Google, other Internet platforms and operators.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday broke his silence about the scandal and said that a “false picture” was painted of the social network.

In the midst of the fallout, the company said last week it would pause the development of Instagram Kids.

Facebook declined to comment.


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