Parents slam Facebook for targeting children: ‘I don’t trust anything on social media’

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Facebook internal document reportedly refers to ‘tweens’ as ‘uncapped audiences’

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Parents on Thursday slammed Facebook, saying they “don’t trust anything” social media now” following a report good Which acknowledged, citing the platform’s own internal documents, that their products, including Instagram, harm children’s mental health.

Speaking to Calif., mother Danielle Bloom, a psychotherapist, told “Granthshala & Friends First” on Thursday that “there isn’t a single photo on Instagram that hasn’t been filtered and is showing a mask of the right moments, which is only for children.” And makes adults feel worse about their body image, about their lives, about their circumstances.”

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Bloom’s 11-year-old daughter Ruby explained that social media can leave a child “traumatised.”

Facebook is shutting down ‘Instagram Kids’, but insists ‘this is a good thing’

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“You can accidentally click on something and see something really bad and then it can scare you for a lifetime,” she said.

Blooms’ comments come as leaked internal documents purportedly show Facebook describes children under the age of 10 as an “uncapped audience.”

“Why do we care about tweens?” NS The New York Post reported, citing a document from 2020 obtained by wall street journal.

“They are a valuable but untapped audience.”

Facebook reportedly set up a team to study preteens and how its platforms can compete with new social media apps including Snapchat and TikTok.

Bloom said the reference to tweens as “untapped audiences” is “terrible”.

She noted that children have been homeschooled for a year and a half during the coronavirus pandemic and added that she worries the social media app “should become even more addicted and not become kids.”

Facebook announced on Monday that it stop release The release of “Facebook Files” led to increased scrutiny of “Instagram Kids” and the company’s influence on its youngest users.

Blooms spoke on “Granthshala and Friends First” on the same day that lawmakers questioned Facebook’s global security chief at a hearing aimed at understanding how much the company knows about the data that can trickle down to teen users on the platform’s products. indicating harmful effects.

Facebook’s Antigone Davis The report appeared in a video feed Thursday morning before the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Data Security to be addressed. The hearing began with a reading of statements from committee members on the intent of the session, which focused on Facebook’s alleged abuse of its position and influence.

Davis read prepared statement In which he vehemently defended Facebook’s practices regarding teens and safety. They highlighted research that Facebook claimed was instead more a help than a hindrance to the mental health and well-being of teens.

The Facebook leadership has already testified before Congress several times – most recently earlier this year on the spread of misinformation on social media platforms including Google and Twitter.

This week, Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley announced that he is introducing legislation that would establish a federal tyranny against social media companies to hold them accountable if they cause physical or mental injury to children.

Also appearing on “Granthshala and Friends First” Thursday, Willie Preston, a Chicago father of six, said parents have “a lot of things to worry about and social media is at the top of the list right now.”

Preston, who spoke with her 11-year-old daughter Brittany, argued that “there are a lot of unknown and known dangerous elements that can come from social media.”

“The fact that we have these big, big companies that are spending their resources just trying to make sure they make an extra buck and extend the life of their business through our kids is really scary. ”, he continued.

“I’m glad someone in Congress is keeping a close eye on this and hope [will] do something about it.”

one in blog postPratiti Roychowdhury, Facebook’s vice president of research, responded to the Wall Street Journal investigation and wrote, “It is not entirely true that this research shows that Instagram is ‘toxic’ for teenage girls.”

Raychoudhury continued, “Research has actually shown that teens we’ve heard from feel that using Instagram helps them navigate the tough moments and problems they always face. ”

Granthshala Business’ Peter Aitken and Granthshala News’ Michael Lee contributed to this report.


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