In a recent hearing in the US Congress with the world’s social media giants, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ignored concerns about the use of Instagram for children on Thursday (local time).
In a virtual meeting called “United States Congressional Hearings,” CEOs of large technology companies including Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Google’s Sundar Pichai, and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey were asked to respond to inquiries about the dissemination of false information through online media .
During the hearing, questions ranged from subtle, arbitrary requests for occasions suggesting the Capitol riots, to conspiracy theoretic allegations, such as how Facebook dealt with border smugglers.
Few members of Congress ask Zuckerberg how young people and teenagers use Facebook platforms such as Instagram in particular. Members hope to learn how Facebook ensures the safety of children and protects their private data.
Since then, Zuckerberg replied that the platform can ensure the safety of children. He went on to say, “Ensuring that people stay in touch with friends and learn about different content online is largely positive.”
This problem emerged after the hot news on Facebook surfaced, indicating that the company’s photo-sharing app is working on developing a platform for children under 13 years of age. Currently, according to the Children’s Online Protection Act (COPA), users must be at least 13 years old to use Instagram.
Fearing about the incident, parent organizations have been asking Facebook for a period of time to complete more ways about online media coercion, harassment, and time spent through online media that adversely affect emotional health.
This is a question raised by Representative Kathy Castor. She cited many devastating studies on the subject. Zuckerberg can only respond to this: “Congresswoman, I know this problem.”
Zuckerberg admitted in questioning that yes, some children will lie, but they are still very old, but they can still enter the platform. He said this is one of the reasons why Facebook developed Instagram for children.
However, Zuckerberg admitted that some children did lie about their age, but still found their direction into the platform. Therefore, this is one of the main reasons Facebook is exploring Instagram for young people.
In response to a question from Congressman Gus Bilirakis, Zuckerberg said: “We are thinking about how this service works as early as possible. Obviously, there are many people under 13 who want to use Instagram. Class of service.”.
However, Custer, who was dissatisfied with Zuckerberg’s answer to her question, brought this idea to his attention and said: “You know that our children’s brain and social development are still evolving. There are legal reasons for this. We set [13-year-old age limit] Because these platforms ignore it. They profit from it. We will strengthen the law. “
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