Mark Zuckerberg: In the United States, hearings are being held on social media and how it impacts the lives of children and adolescents. Therefore, the chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety and Data Security, requested a testimony from Mark Zuckerberg during one of the hearings.
Senator Richard Blumenthal sent a letter to the owner of Facebook in order to understand how social networks relate to children and whether they are being protected. “It is urgent and necessary for you or Mr. Adam Mosseri to testify to clear things up and provide members of Congress and parents with a plan for how you are doing to protect our children,” the senator said.
Zuckerberg’s presence isn’t exactly required, as Blumenthal revealed in the letter. The company can also send Instagram boss Adam Mosseri.
Complaints from the inside out
Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen denounced the company for using the personal information of thousands of people to profit. She also revealed that vital details are being withheld about how social media affects teens’ mental health and how it can become an addiction.
One of the big problems is that the company denied that its social networks could be causing harm to children and teenagers around the world — soon after, Haugen disputed the information and put the company in its current situation.
The leaked documents revealed that Facebook researchers had been conducting tests for the past three years to understand how Facebook and Instagram affect the mental health of younger people, especially teenage girls.