8 Dec 2021
Post Whistleblower Claims, Instagram Chief Faces Lawmakers’ Wrath
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The Index Today — Adam Mosseri, the CEO of Instagram, is due to appear in Capitol Hill on Wednesday after whistleblower claims disclosed that the social media platform is still largely unsafe for its younger users.
Mosseri is gearing up to face an onslaught of questions from Congress who remain unsatisfied with the safety features that the company has taken in the wake of the revelations. These steps are aimed at regulating screen and interaction time among its adolescent users, while implementing stronger parental control features.
According to Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut-based Democrat and consumer protection committee chair, these new measures are “baby steps” that should have been applied a long time ago. Blumenthal joins the growing ranks of lawmakers who expressed their displeasure over tech companies’ inability to roll out timely measures that protect their users while online.
As concerns over safety of minor users continue to rise, the Congress is set to rally for increased protection, aiming to introduce new bills that would hold Big Tech companies for failing to implement effective secure social media features for its younger users.