Lawmakers Tell Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri To Expect Legislation To Address Impact On Kids: “The Time For Self-Policing And Self-Regulation Is Over”

Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri received a broadside of complaints before a Senate committee on Wednesday over what lawmakers see as the company's lack of action to protect teens using its platform.
The latter has to do with the broad liability protection that tech companies have had for third party content posted on their site. The Meta-owned site, along with other popular platforms like TikTok and Snapchat, have been at the center of lawmakers' hearings in recent months as Congress considers legislation in areas such as consumer privacy, algorithm transparency and Section 230 reform.
But Blumenthal was skeptical of the idea that an industry body could take an oversight role, and instead suggested an independent one, with work by outside researchers. He pressed Mosseri on whether the company would support a legal requirement that tech platforms provide access to otherwise private data and algorithms.
and I feel like the conversation repeats itself ad nauseam," she said. "This is the fourth time in past two years that we have spoken with someone from Meta …
Although a slew of bill have been proposed over the past few years as Congress has vowed to rein in Big Tech, only a series of measures to bolster antitrust laws has passed, and that was in the House Judiciary Committee. Its future prospect are uncertain.
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While Mosseri released advanced testimony that included calls to an industry body to determine best practices "for how to verify  age, design age-appropriate experiences and how to build parental controls,"
The top Republican on the subcommittee, Sen. Nothing." Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), said that she was "just a little bit frustrated" that "nothing changes.
"I believe the time for self policing and self regulation is over," said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (C-CT), who was chairing the hearing before a Senate Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection, product safety and data security.
A whistleblower, Frances Haugen, provided documents to The Wall Street Journal showing that Facebook researchers conducted studies on the potentially harmful impact the platform had on teen girls body image and other issues like anorexia and mental health. But congressional lawmakers have in recent months zeroed in on the need for legislation to address the use of social media by kids.
"I will be happy to have my office work with you on that," Mosseri told him.
Mosseri said that he also backed a proposal in which tech platforms would not get a certain level of liability protection unless they adhered to a set of best practices.

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