Senators argue with Instagram CEO over whether its social media platform addicts kids
Added 12-08-21 06:22:02pm EST - “Senators sparred with Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri on Wednesday over whether the popular social media platform addicts children, as the lawmakers signaled that they want the government to curtail the company's operations.” - Washingtontimes.com
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Senators sparred with Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri on Wednesday over whether the popular social media platform addicts children, as the lawmakers signaled that they want the government to curtail the company’s operations.
Mr. Mosseri insisted he shared concerns about children using social media, but lawmakers on the Senate Commerce Committee’s consumer protection, product safety, and data security panel were not buying it. Lawmakers expressed concerns about damage to children’s mental health and emotional wellbeing from using the platform.
“Instagram is addictive. That’s the view that has been repeated again and again and again by people who are expert in this field,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, Connecticut Democrat, at the hearing. “Parents know it. And for teens who see Instagram’s algorithms encouraging, for example, eating disorders, they find it almost impossible to stop.”
“Senator, respectfully, I don’t believe the research suggests that our products are addictive,” Mr. Mosseri said. “Research actually shows that on 11 of 12 difficult issues that teens face, teens who are struggling said Instagram helps more than harms.”
Mr. Mosseri attempted to woo senators by insisting that he had the “same goal” as them and wanted teens to be safe online.
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