WEB Adam Mosseri was auditioned by the United States Congress on Wednesday, two months after whistleblower Frances Haugen

Instagram & ldquo; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & rdquo;, assures his boss to the elected Americans without convincing them

The boss of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, answered the questions of the Americans American elected officials, December 8, 2021. – Michael Brochstein/Sipa USA/SIPA

He tried; a damage control operation. Instagram & ldquo; can help & rdquo; young people in difficulty, and & ldquo; & nbsp; work for the good & nbsp; & raquo; teenagers, asserted & eacute; Wednesday, his boss Adam Mosseri during his hearing before the American Congress, taking the opposite of the recent accusations formulated against the social network, faced with agrave; parliamentarians who affirmed; the opposite.

& ldquo; Sometimes young people go to Instagram while they are going through difficult things in their lives & rdquo ;, & rsquo; stated & rsquo; the one who has run this Facebook subsidiary (now Meta) for three years. & ldquo; I think Instagram can help a lot of them in these times. & nbsp; & raquo;

For two and a half hours, the former entrepreneur didn't seem to be. give up a single second & agrave; the pressure of the moment, responding calmly to the senators who nevertheless stormed with criticism. its place. He rolled around a list of steps Instagram has taken to make the platform safer for younger users, while also defending the results of internal searches that have recently been leaked. and fed the critics & agrave; against the social network.

Instagram Kids only with parental consent

One of the studies, dating from 2019, found that Instagram returned a negative personal image for a third of girls under 20. Another, dating from 2020, showed that 32% of teenage girls felt that using the social network had made it worse. their body image when they were already concerned. not satisfied.

& ldquo; Facebook's own searches alerted management, including you, for years on Instagram's damaging health impact mental adolescent & nbsp; & raquo ;, threw him & eacute; Senator Richard Blumenthal who chairs the sub-committee on consumer protection before which Adam Mosseri is speaking. However, Facebook & ldquo; & nbsp; continued & rsquo; & agrave; enjoy this disruptive content because it meant more traffic, advertising; and dollars, & rsquo; is indignant; the elected Democrat.

& ldquo; We have the same goal & rdquo ;, replied Adam Mosseri, & ldquo; we want young users to be safe. on the Internet & nbsp; & raquo ;. The manager is committed, & agrave; the request of Blumenthal, & agrave; give access part of the proceeds of his internal research. He also said favorable & agrave; a new regulatory framework for technology companies.

AdamMosseri refused; to renounce publicly & agrave; the creation of an Instagram for under 13s, simply promising that the social network would not create accounts for 10-12 year olds that can be created without the consent of the parents.

& ldquo; & nbsp; Self-regulation is not a solution & nbsp; & raquo;

Buried by the senators under the examples of young people victims of what the elect consider to be the failings of the social network, the thirty-something in a dark suit and tie has broken foot. Instagram foot, politely but firmly.

& ldquo; & ldquo; We tell you about young people who harm themselves & agrave; themselves, who receive information that destroys their lives, and we ask you to show some empathy, & rsquo; Marsha Blackburn, Leader of the Republicans on the Subcommittee. & ldquo; & ldquo; And it looks like you weren't getting there. & nbsp; & raquo;

Adam Mosseri said he was in favor of the creation of an organization responsible for defining best practices for the industry. But the idea has not won over the senators, who intend to go & ldquo; & nbsp; much further than what you proposed & nbsp; & rsquo; responded Richard Blumentutehal. & ldquo; Self-regulation, based on trust, is no longer a viable solution. (& hellip;) The legislation is coming. & nbsp; & raquo;

In mid-November, several American states opened an investigation to determine whether Meta, the new name for Facebook, had deliberately left out. children and adolescents use Instagram knowing that the platform could harm & agrave; their health mental and physical.

Unveiled measures

On the eve of the hearing, Instagram had announced; a series of measures intended to strengthen the protection of the youngest. In particular, the application will prevent users from mentioning in their posts teenagers who are not subscribed to subscribers. their profile. She already had account for private minors by default when they register.

The social network will also offer, in March 2022, tools to allow parents to see how long their kids spend on the app and set limits. They will soon have access to it. an information center with tutorials and expert advice.

Another new feature, Instagram is launching, in all major English-speaking markets, the & rsquo; Take a break & rsquo; & rsquo; & nbsp; & rsquo; ;, which will suggest that users stop for a while while browsing content on the app. Senator Blumenthal qualified these measurements of & ldquo; small steps & rdquo ;, & ldquo; & ldquo; & ldquo; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & raquo ;. & ldquo; A break & nbsp; & nbsp; & nbsp; & rsquo; he & rsquo; read, & ldquo; & ldquo; It & rsquo; s not & ccedil; it & ccedil; s going to save kids from addictive effects & nbsp; & rdquo; Instagram.