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Instagram's CEO Adam Mosseri hears senators brush aside his promises to self-police

Added 12-08-21 11:07:01pm EST - “Takeaways from a hearing include: senators are frustrated with Instagram for not moving more quickly to protect young users and the CEO maintains the platform does more good than harm.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Instagram's CEO Adam Mosseri hears senators brush aside his promises to self-police”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, testifies before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, testifies before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday.

Senators grilled the head of Instagram on Wednesday about the app's effects on children and teens, airing frustrations and attempting to extract various commitments from the company to make the platform a safer space for its youngest users.

But over two and half hours, Adam Mosseri skirted key questions from the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Data Security. Instead, he defended Instagram and its parent company Meta — formerly Facebook — touting existing safeguards and some the company plans to roll out soon.

Mosseri is the highest-ranking company executive to address Congress since a whistleblower leaked internal Instagram research about how the app can exacerbate mental health harms for some teens.

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