In the meantime, it should come as no surprise that social media like Facebook can have a devastating effect on society. For years, journalists, politicians, development scientists – though biologists and environmentalists – we have been raising concerns about Facebook’s influence over our lives. And Facebook all the time he defended himself insisting that it is a good net for the people because of the way they make people together.
But new reports from the Wall Street Journal, “Facebook files, ” provides alarming evidence that Facebook has learned and is already known that its products cause serious, real problems – including youth health – then thwarted the investigation by denying it and threatening the public. The revelations, which only reinforce the case that a large group of lawmakers and regulators have been making to undermine Facebook or reduce its power as a video giant, could represent a change in the company.
Meanwhile, a Journal report has caused a stir on Facebook: A bipartisan Senate committee investigating Instagram effects on teens, as well as a group of lawmakers led by Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) calls on Facebook to halt the full development of its Instagram for Kids product for children under 13, who BuzzFeed News first revealed the company was growing in March.
“We are in contact with Facebook whistleblowers and will use whatever information we have to ascertain what Facebook has known and when – – including looking for other documents and following the testimony of witnesses,” he read a report from Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D- CT) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) Tuesday. The Wall Street Journal noted that this is a very interesting story and it can be told in a short story. ”
It is not clear how this will affect Facebook’s views and opinions. This investigation was the first of its kind, and it will not be too late to say whether it will lead to new laws or regulations.
The head of Instagram’s comments posted on the company post on blog Tuesday that the Journal report “only looks at the little they have found and proves to be bad,” and that Instagram conducted an in-depth investigation into the matter showing “their commitment to understanding the challenges and challenges young people can face.”
Over time, Facebook’s results may not be tested immediately, but they may be more dangerous. The company’s results have also undermined the lack of confidence left by politicians – who have been asking Facebook to find out more about how the platform could affect mental health. The company declined to comment, although it often did have all the answers.
Take, for example, back and forth in the middle Mark Zuckerberg and Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) at a TV conference in March 2021.
Sen. Rodgers: Do you spend too much time in front of the show, just eating junk food, and harming the mental and physical health of children?
Mark Zuckerberg: Congresswoman, a study I have seen on this shows that if people are using computers with their partners –
Sen. Rodgers: Can you answer yes or no? Sorry. Can you use yes or no?
Mark Zuckerberg. I don’t think this research is based on this. But I can summarize what I’ve learned, if it can help.
Zuckerberg went on to say, “in general, the research we have found is that using social networking programs can have health benefits in helping people feel connected and lonely.”
He did not mention any negative comments his group found on Instagram over the past three years, in addition to its survey of young users, 32% of young girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse.
Sen. After Rodgers and other Republicans followed Facebook and inquired about the company’s internal research into its medical results, the company did not share the findings of the Instagram survey, according to Bloomberg, and did not share it with Sen Ed Edkey when his office also asked Facebook to provide an internal investigation into the matter in April, according to letters from Markey’s office in Recode.
“This is a very serious matter for children and adolescents,” said Jim Steyer, CEO and founder of the nonprofit organization Common Sense Media, which has been promoting technical education for children and young people. “The fact that Facebook found out about the investigation, did some research, and then hid it … is amazing,” he told Recode.
Some of the negative effects reported by the Journal include that the company has VIP program which allows celebrities and politicians to break its rules, is that in 2018, Facebook tweaked its transformation in a way that encouraged people to share anger. In both cases, Facebook staff found ample evidence of the problem, but after warning administrators – including Mark Zuckerberg – about it, they were ignored.
Over the years, the main way Facebook has defended itself against any wrongdoing its commercials have is that social media, like other media, can cause one harm – but that which is good is worse than evil.
In a recent interview with a friend Peter Kafka on Restart Media podcast, Instagram head Adam Mosseri he described the state of the media supported state administration like Black Lives Matter and Me too. And he compared Facebook and made a car.
“Cars have good or bad consequences. We understand that. We know that more people die than have died in car accidents, ”Mosseri said. “But for the most part, cars make up the world’s most important means of destruction. And I think radio is the same thing. ”
There is no doubt that the media can contribute to social change. It can also be a way for people to connect with friends and relatives – and, as Zuckerberg told Congress, it can help people with loneliness.
But, in the end, the question is whether people would accept this as an excuse for the company to have the right to review our entire health, measure this, and put people in the dark about what they are learning as they continue to earn about $ 30 billion a quarter.