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Execs ignored the damage Instagram does to teens, Meta whistleblower tells Congress

today 11/07/2023
Meta's CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other top executives have been accused by a whistleblower of ignoring warnings about the harm caused to teenagers on its platforms, particularly Instagram. The whistleblower, Arturo Bejar, claimed that Meta fosters a culture of turning a blind eye to internal evidence of harm while presenting carefully crafted metrics to downplay the issue. Bejar stated that he had appealed to Zuckerberg and his colleagues based on his team's research on the experiences of teens and other users, but his appeals were fruitless. Bejar's testimony follows a report by The Wall Street Journal that detailed his claims, including his motivation to study the issue after his own daughter received unwanted sexual advances on Instagram. Lawmakers criticized Meta during the hearing, calling for legislation to rein in the company and other tech giants. Bejar's research, which revealed high percentages of teens experiencing unwanted sexual advances and negative impacts on self-esteem, was described as a "smoking gun" by another former Meta employee. Meta has rolled out parental controls in response to criticisms, but the company continues to face scrutiny and calls for accountability.
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