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Facebook update will encourage Insta users to take a break, says Clegg

Telegraph 11 Oct 2021 12:47

Instagram will encourage teenagers to take breaks after a series of damaging revelations about the social media app, Facebook’s head of global affairs Sir Nick Clegg has announced.

Sir Nick said Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, would also nudge young users away from images that might harm their mental health and allow parents to supervise their children’s activity.

In an interview with CNN, Sir Nick said: “We can’t change human nature, but we can change our product, which is exactly what we’re doing.”

Facebook is on the back foot after a former employee leaked internal research which claimed the company is aware of its often negative impact on teenagers’ wellbeing, particularly regarding body image issues.

Last week, Frances Haugen, the whistleblower, told US politicians that Facebook prioritises profits over safety and said it needs more regulation. Senators compared the crisis to a “big tobacco moment” and promised to rein in the company.

Sir Nick insisted that “for the overwhelming majority of teenagers Instagram is a positive experience” but said that limiting excessive use and harmful material would “make a considerable difference”.

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