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Adam Mosseri vs Congress: Why the Senate believes Instagram is bad for kids

Instagram is in the crosshairs of Congress. The social app’s chief, Adam Mosseri, is expected to testify before a Senate panel in the week of December 6. Mosseri will appear as part of a series of hearings about online safety for kids, The New York Times reports. The hearing will be led by Senator Richard Blumenthal, who heads the Senate Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection. “After bombshell reports about Instagram’s toxic impacts, we want to hear straight from the company’s leadership w...
Tags: Startups, Instagram, Congress, Senate, New York Times, Insider, Richard Blumenthal, Senate Commerce, Adam Mosseri, Mosseri, Plugged


Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri is to testify before Congress for the first time, as lawmakers seek answers on child safety

Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri.Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for WIRED Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri is to testify before Congress for the first time, on child safety, the NYT reports. His scheduled appearance comes after a backlash over internal research leaked by the Facebook whistleblower. The research found that Instagram made body image issues worse for one in three teen girls. Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri is to appear before Congress for the first time, to answer questions about child safety on ...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, News, Instagram, Children, Congress, Trends, Mental Health, New York Times, The Times, Meta, Times, Richard Blumenthal, Adam, Blumenthal, Tech Insider


The Head of Instagram Agrees To Testify as Congress Probes the App's Effects on Young People

Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, has agreed for the first time to testify before Congress, as bipartisan anger mounts over harms to young people from the app. From a report: Mr. Mosseri is expected to appear before a Senate panel during the week of Dec. 6 as part of a series of hearings on protecting children online, said Senator Richard Blumenthal, who will lead the hearing. Mr. Mosseri's appearance follows hearings this year with Antigone Davis, the global head of safety for Meta, the pare...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, Senate, Tech, Connecticut, Davis, Meta, Zuckerberg, Richard Blumenthal, Blumenthal, Instagram and Facebook, Commerce Committee, Antigone Davis, Adam Mosseri


Facebook exec Nick Clegg called Big Tobacco comparisons 'extremely misleading' but said the company needs to be 'held to account' after whistleblower testimony

Facebook executive Nick Clegg defended Facebook amid mounting scrutiny during an appearance on ABC News' "This Week.". ABC News/This Week Facebook executive Nick Clegg on Sunday defended the company against comparisons to Big Tobacco. The social-media giant has been under intense scrutiny after a former employee publicly criticized the company. While he defended the company, Clegg admitted Facebook needed to be "held to account." Nick Clegg, who works as the vice president for global...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, Instagram, Congress, Senate, Trends, Nick Clegg, Cbs, Silicon Valley, Richard Blumenthal, Yahoo News, Clegg, Big Tobacco, Big Tech, Tech Insider


10 things in tech you need to know today

Matt McClain-Pool/Getty Images Good morning and welcome to 10 Things in Tech. If this was forwarded to you, sign up here. ​​Plus, download Insider's app for news on the go - click here for iOS and here for Android.Let's get started.1. Facebook's whistleblower testified that "the buck stops with Mark." Frances Haugen told a Senate committee that there's no one currently holding Zuckerberg accountable - but that a federal oversight board could keep Facebook in check.But Ha...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, Senate, Africa, US, Newsletter, Trends, Tech, Tesla, Silicon Valley, Musk, Zuckerberg, Forbes, Richard Blumenthal


The most important moments from the Facebook whistleblower's testimony: 'The buck stops with Mark'

Former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen arrives to testify before a Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, in Washington. Drew Angerer/Pool via AP Former Facebook employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before Congress Tuesday. The hearing comes after she leaked internal documents showing the company's controversial practices. She testified that Facebook prioritized profits over stopping ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, News, Instagram, Congress, Senate, Massachusetts, Trends, Social Media, Capitol Hill, MSI, Wall Street Journal, Tech Companies, Mark, Richard Blumenthal


Senator says Facebook will 'haunt a generation' and blasts Mark Zuckerberg for going sailing during whistleblower hearing

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, and Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) Michael Macor/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images; Ken Cedeno-Pool/Getty Images Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal criticized Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday. Blumenthal said Facebook's inaction on Instagram's effect on teens will "haunt a generation." "Zuckerberg's new policy is no apologies, no admissions, no acknowledgement," he said. See more stories on Insider's business page. In...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, Instagram, Congress, Senate, Trends, Bloomberg, Getty Images, Connecticut, Silicon Valley, Securities And Exchange Commission, Zuckerberg, Richard Blumenthal, San Francisco Chronicle, Duke Ellington


US Lawmakers Demand Facebook Probes; Whistleblower Says Children Harmed

U.S. lawmakers pounded Facebook on Tuesday, accusing CEO Mark Zuckerberg of pushing for higher profits while being cavalier about user safety and they demanded regulators investigate whistleblower accusations that the social media company harms children and stokes divisions. Reuters: Coming a day after Facebook and its units including Instagram suffered a major outage, whistleblower Frances Haugen testified in a congressional hearing that "for more than five hours Facebook wasn't used to deepen ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, US, Tech, Capitol Hill, Zuckerberg, Reuters, Richard Blumenthal, Blumenthal, Marsha Blackburn, Senate Commerce, Haugen, Frances Haugen, Whistleblower Says Children Harmed


As a Facebook whistleblower prepares to speak out, what can be done to rein in tech firms?

Pressure piles on social media firms after US senators challenge Instagram over impact of app on children’s mental healthUS lawmakers have left Facebook in no doubt this week that revelations about the impact of its Instagram app on teen mental health have further damaged the company’s reputation. The Democrat senator Richard Blumenthal said the social network was “indefensibly delinquent” in its behaviour and had “chosen growth over children’s mental health”, after the Wall Street Journal (WSJ)...
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Congressman doesn't understand what a 'finsta' is

Sen. Richard Blumenthal grilled a Facebook executive about "finstas," or fake Instagram accounts. The slang term is primarily used to describe a private Instagram account created by teens to interact with a trusted group of family and/or friends.
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Senator doesn't get what 'finsta' is

Sen. Richard Blumenthal grilled a Facebook executive about "finstas," or fake Instagram accounts. The slang term is primarily used to describe a private Instagram account created by teens to interact with a trusted group of family and/or friends.
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Congressman doesn't get what a 'finsta' is

Sen. Richard Blumenthal grilled a Facebook executive about "finstas," or fake Instagram accounts. The slang term is primarily used to describe a private Instagram account created by teens to interact with a trusted group of family and/or friends.
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, Stories, Richard Blumenthal


Senator doesn't get what a 'finsta' is

Sen. Richard Blumenthal grilled a Facebook executive about "finstas," or fake Instagram accounts. The slang term is primarily used to describe a private Instagram account created by teens to interact with a trusted group of family and/or friends.
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, Stories, Richard Blumenthal


Facebook knows Instagram harms teens. Now, its plan to open the app to kids looks worse than ever

Facebook is in the hot seat again. The Wall Street Journal published a powerful multi-part series on the company this week, drawing from internal documents on everything from the company’s secretive practice of whitelisting celebrities to its knowledge that Instagram is taking a serious toll on the mental health of teen girls. The flurry of investigative pieces makes it clear that what Facebook says in public doesn’t always reflect the company’s knowledge on known issues behind the scenes. The r...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Teens, Senate, Elizabeth Warren, Social Media, Tech, Mental Health, The Wall Street Journal, Wall Street Journal, Blackburn, WSJ, Data Security


Lawmakers are going after Facebook's development of Instagram for kids, after a report showed it knew the social media app is toxic for teen girls

Lawmakers are coming after Facebook for its Instagram for Kids project after a bombshell report from the Wall Street Journal. SOPA Images/Getty Images Both Republican and Democratic lawmakers are calling on Facebook to stop making Instagram for Kids. They're incensed by an investigation that showed Facebook knew Instagram usage is harming teenage girls. Instagram for Kids has received backlash from parents, child safety groups, and lawmakers since it was revealed in March. See more sto...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Trends, Wall Street Journal, Blackburn, Newton, WSJ, Zuckerberg, Democratic, Richard Blumenthal, Blumenthal, Markey, Sen Edward Markey, Kathy Castor, Lori Trahan


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Urged to Scrap Instagram for Kids Plan

Facebook is facing calls from an international coalition of children's health advocates to abandon its plans to build a version of Instagram for kids, reports The Guardian. The campaign follows news that broke in March which revealed that Facebook is developing a version of Instagram that's specifically aimed at children under 13. Instagram's current policy prohibits kids under 13 from using the platform. In an organized by the youth advocacy non-profit the Campaign for a Commercial-Free C...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Zuckerberg, Richard Blumenthal, Facebook Instagram, Lori Trahan, Congress Democrats Edward Markey Kathy Castor


Lawmakers press Instagram for details on its plans for kids

A group of Democratic lawmakers wrote to Mark Zuckerberg this week to press the CEO on his plans to curate a version of Instagram for children. In a hearing last month, Zuckerberg confirmed reporting by Buzzfeed that the company was exploring an age-gated version of its app designed for young users. Senators Ed Markey (D-MA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Representatives Lori Trahan (D-MA) and Kathy Castor (D-FL) signed the letter, expressing “serious concerns” about the company’s ability to pro...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Kids, Instagram, Buzzfeed, Congress, Government, Tech, House, Zuckerberg, Democratic, Richard Blumenthal, Ed Markey, Messenger Kids, Kathy Castor D FL


Detox tea maker fined $1 million over 'deceptive' Instagram influencer ads claiming its tea could help you lose weight and fight cancer

A detox tea brand called Teami has agreed to pay $1 million related to allegations that Instagram influencers used faulty health claims in sponsored posts and failed to "adequately" disclose they were being paid. According to the Federal Trade Commission, Teami made more than $15 million from their detox teas and products, in part because of the company's campaign using paid influencers, such as rap star Cardi B and "Cheetah Girls" member Adrienne Bailon. The FTC alleges Teami made "deceptive ...
Tags: Instagram, US, Trends, Jordin Sparks, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Lisa Rinna, Richard Blumenthal, Cardi, Adrienne Bailon, Patti Stanger, Rasheeda, Brittany Renner, Alexa PenaVega, Jessica Carroll, Adrienne Houghton


The Access Act

Yesterday three Senators, Democrats Mark Warner (VA) and Richard Blumenthal (CT) and Republican Sen. Josh Hawley (MO), put forward new legislation aimed at opening up the markets in web services. Their proposed legislation is called The Access Act and you can read it in its entirety here. First let me say that this is exactly the kind of regulation we need to deal with the growing monopoly powers of companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, Amazon, etc, etc. When Liz Warren came out with her...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Fcc, Washington, Uncategorized, Trends, CT, Aol, Va, Warner, Liz, Mark Warner, Richard Blumenthal, Albert, Mo, Hawley


Facebook's massive engineering overhaul will have a wide-reaching impact that goes far beyond how its apps are used

Facebook recently announced a plan to unite the back-end technology that runs Instagram, Facebook Messenger, and WhatsApp. The overhaul will have a wide-reaching impact on Facebook's business, users, and overall privacy. Facebook’s decision to unite the technical guts of its three giant messaging services could not only cement its dominance of instant messaging but also help fend off future break-up attempts by antitrust cops. Why it matters:   Uniting the back-end technology that runs Insta...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Microsoft, Trends, Davos, Facebook Messenger, Times, Zuckerberg, Richard Blumenthal, Ray Dalio, Facebooks, Facebook Zuckerberg, Sen Ed Markey D Mass, Sara Fischer


Here are all the questions Mark Zuckerberg couldn't answer during this week's congressional hearings

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg sat through five hours of testimony in a joint session with two Senate committees on Tuesday, and he'll sit in front of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on Wednesday. Zuckerberg is facing questions about Facebook's involvement in various data-privacy scandals and how it can address those issues. Zuckerberg's team has been preparing him for the hearings for weeks, but he was unable to answer several of the questions on the spot. In the span of two days, ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Instagram, Congress, Senate, Russia, US, Trends, Eu, House, Facebook Messenger, Leahy, Amy Klobuchar, Fda, Nevada



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