Instagram CEO Mosseri to testify to Congress on child safety

  • Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri will testify to Congress for the first time about child safety, reports NYT.
  • His planned appearance comes after a setback over internal research leaked by the Facebook whistleblower.
  • The study found that Instagram made body image problems worse for every third teenage girl.

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Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri is set to appear before Congress for the first time to answer questions about child safety on the platform, The New York Times reported.

Mosseri is due to appear at a subcommittee hearing chaired by Senator Richard Blumenthal. According to The Times, Mosseri is scheduled to testify during the week beginning Dec. 6.

Mosseri confirmed he will appear before Congress in a video posted on his Instagram account.

Instagram and Meta are under closer scrutiny after an internal company investigation leaked by whistleblower Frances Haugen revealed what effects Instagram can have on teens’ mental health. One of the conclusions from the research, an internal presentation from 2019, was: “We make problems with the body image worse for every third teenage girl.”

Blumenthal told The Times that Mosseri is “the best guy on Instagram, and the whole nation asks why Instagram and other technology platforms have created so much danger and harm by bringing toxic content to children with these incredibly powerful algorithms.”

Blumenthal added: “The consultation will be crucial to guide us in developing laws that can have an impact on making platforms more secure.”

A spokesman for Instagram’s parent company Meta, formerly Facebook, told The Times: “We are continuing to work with the committee to find a date for Adam to testify about the important steps Instagram is taking.”

In a statement at the time that 2019 Instagram teens mental health research emerged, the company said that “we stand by this research,” adding: “It demonstrates our commitment to understanding complex and difficult issues young people may face. , and informs all the work we do to help those who are experiencing these problems. “

After the document was reported by The Wall Street Journal, Senator Blumenthal and Senator Marsha Blackburn announced that they would launch an investigation into Facebook’s internal research.

Two weeks later, Mosseri announced that Instagram was pausing a project it had been working on to develop an Instagram app specifically for under 13s.

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