Facebook introduces new measures to protect Teenagers’ Mental Health

Facebook has said the company would introduce new measures on its apps to prompt teens away from harmful content.

This is coming in the aftermath of a whistleblower testifying before Congress against the activities of the social media giant. The U.S lawmakers are also scrutinizing how Facebook and Instagram for instance, affect young people’s mental health.

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Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs, also noted that the platform is opened to letting regulators have access to Facebook algorithms that are used to amplify content. But Clegg said he could not answer the question of whether its algorithms amplified the voices of people who had attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

The algorithms “should be held to account, if necessary, by regulation so that people can match what our systems say they’re supposed to do from what actually happens,” Clegg told CNN’s “State of the Union.

Former Facebook employee and whistleblower, Frances Haugen had testified on Capitol Hill about how the company entices users to keep scrolling, harming teens’ well-being.

“We’re going to introduce something which I think will make a considerable difference, which is where our systems see that the teenager is looking at the same content over and over again and it’s content which may not be conducive to their well-being, we will nudge them to look at other content,” Clegg told CNN.

In addition, “we’re introducing something called, ‘take a break,’ where we will be prompting teens to just simply just take a break from using Instagram,” Clegg said.

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