Americans are finally questioning the power that big tech has over their lives.
Sites like Facebook and YouTube are far more formidable than the silly cat videos of yesteryear.
And one social media giant is making a desperate move to save its reputation.
Facebook-owned Instagram is anxious to repair its brand.
The photo-sharing app has come under fire for marketing toward children, a demographic that seems to suffer from self-esteem issues related to Instagram.
There are now class action lawsuits being advertised on television over it.
Instagram is attempting damage control by allowing parents to limit what their kids can see.
“Instagram will introduce a set of parental control features in March that will give parents and guardians more oversight and control over their teens’ usage of the social media platform, the company announced on Tuesday, just a day before the platform’s head Adam Mosseri is set to face a congressional hearing on the photo sharing app’s impact on younger users.”
Mosseri will be the latest tech bro dragged before Congress to answer questions.
However, the drubbings before Congress don’t seem to lead to any real deviation in practices.
“Mosseri said in Tuesday’s post that Instagram has been working on these safety features for “a long time,” however, the announcement comes just a few months after damaging reports about the social platform’s impact on young users. In September, the Wall Street Journal published an investigative report citing internal studies at Facebook that found Instagram has harmful effects on a significant portion of its millions of young users—particularly teenage girls.”
“The Facebook Files” released by The Wall Street Journal was a devastating exposé that shined a light on dubious practices within Facebook and subsidiary Instagram.
In response to the series of articles, Instagram scrapped plans to build an app version designed specifically for young kids.
“The company’s findings reportedly showed that Instagram worsened body image issues among one in three teenage girls and found teens blamed the social media platform for ‘increases in the rate of anxiety and depression.’ Later that month, Facebook rebutted the report claiming that it was “not accurate.” The company said it had heard from many teens that using the image-sharing platform helps them when they ‘are struggling with the kinds of hard moments and issues teenagers have always faced.’”
The leaders of these companies understand how addictive their products are because they design them that way.
They want users to get addicted to the dopamine hits from likes and comments on their posts.
Meanwhile, these same executives bar their own children from using these products.
Meanwhile, they’re hellbent on banning adults who are capable of grasping the risks presented if they simply utter the thing or spread counter-narrative information on one the platforms.
Stay tuned to Unmuzzled News for any updates to this ongoing story.