Instagram head requires an business physique to assist maintain children secure on-line By Reuters


© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Instagram boss Adam Mosseri speaks during TechCrunch Disrupt 2016 in San Francisco, Calif., Sept. 14, 2016 when he was Vice President of Product Management for Facebook. REUTERS / Beck Diefenbach


By David Shepardson and Elizabeth Culliford

(Reuters) Instagram boss Adam Mosseri, on his first appearance before Congress on Wednesday, will urge the creation of an industry body to set best practices to keep young people safe online.

Mosseri said in a written testimony to a Senate panel, the industry panel should deal with “how to check age, how to design age-appropriate experiences, and how to set up parental controls”.

Photo-sharing app Instagram and its parent company Meta Platforms Inc, formerly Facebook (NASDAQ :), have been scrutinized for the potential impact of their services on the mental health and online safety of young users.

Mosseri said companies like Instagram “must adhere to these standards to maintain some of our Section 230 protections,” referring to a key US Internet law that protects technology platforms from liability for user-posted content.

In a series of announcements on the safety of young users, Instagram said Tuesday that it would be stricter on the types of content it recommends to teenagers and disable the ability for people to tag or mention teenagers who are not on the app to them Follow . It will also introduce parental controls next year.

The app has been suspending plans for a children’s version of Instagram since September as opposition to the project grows. [L4N2QT2NJ]

That hiatus followed a report by the Wall Street Journal that said internal documents leaked by former Facebook employee Frances Haugen showed the company knew Instagram could have harmful effects on teenage mental health.

In his written testimony on Wednesday, Mosseri reiterated the company’s earlier statements that public reporting misrepresents internal research.

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