According to Facebook vice president of global affairs Nick Clegg, Instagram will adopt new methods to steer kids away from hazardous content and encourage them to “take a break” from the platform.
Haugen, a former Facebook product manager, testified before Congress on the company’s internal research that found Instagram to be hazardous, particularly for teen girls.
Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, refuted Haugen’s claim, saying it was nonsensical for a company that relies on ads to promote content that makes people upset in order to generate money.
“Where our systems see that a youngster is looking at the same content over and over again, and it’s content that may not be conducive to their well-being, we’ll urge them to look at alternative content,” Clegg said.
In addition to delaying plans for an Instagram Kids platform and offering parents optional tools to supervise kids, Clegg said the company planned to create a feature called “take a break,” which would persuade teens to stop using Instagram.