In a recent U.S. congressional hearing with global social media giants, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, on Thursday (local time) dismissed questions raised about concerns about the use of Instagram for children.
In a virtual meeting hosted by the US Congress Hearing, senior executives, including Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Sundar Pichai from Googleand Jack Dorsey from Twitter were asked to respond to inquiries regarding the dissemination of misinformation through web-based media.
During hearing, the questions ranged from nuanced and thematic demands for cases that hinted at riots in the capital, to informed conspiracy allegations such as how Facebook engages border smugglers.
Few members of Congress asked Zuckerberg how young people and teens use the Facebook platform Instagram concrete. Through this, members wanted to understand how Facebook keeps children safe and protects their personal data.
Zuckerberg then replied that the platform kept the children safe. He went on to say, “Helping people keep in touch with friends and learn about different content online is generally positive.”
The question arose after the appearance of the hot thematic news on Facebook, which hinted that the company’s photo sharing application is working on developing a platform for children under 13 years of age. Currently, according to the Online Child Protection Act (COPA), users must be over 13 to use Instagram.
Concerned about developments, parent groups have long wanted Facebook to do more about online media coercion, harassment, and the ways in which time spent through web-based media adversely affects emotional well-being.
This was a question asked by Representative Katie Castor when she cited a number of devastating studies on the subject, to which Zuckerberg could only answer: “Congressman, I am aware of the problems.”
Zuckerberg admitted when questioned that yes, there are children who lie about their age and still find their way onto the platform. This is one of the reasons why Facebook Instagram survey for kids, he said.
However, Zuckerberg admitted that there are indeed children who lie about their age and still find their way on the platform. That’s why one of the main reasons Facebook is exploring Instagram for young people.
“We are considering early on how this service will work. There are obviously a large number of people under the age of 13 who would like to use a service like Instagram,” Zuckerberg said in response to a question from Gus Bilirakis’ spokesman.
However, Castor, who was not satisfied with Zuckerberg’s answer to his question, released the idea and said: “You know that the brains and social development of our children are still developing at an early age. There are reasons in law that we we determine this [13-year-old age limit] because these platforms have ignored it. They have benefited from this. We will strengthen the law. “
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