Facebook Whistleblower Expected to Testify on Instagram’s Impact on Kids

A Facebook whistleblower is expected to testify at a Senate hearing on Oct. 5 about the company’s knowledge regarding Instagram’s allegedly harmful effects on children. The hearing is based on a Sept. 14 exposé by The Wall Street Journal that claims Instagram has a “toxic” impact on the self-esteem of young girls and that Facebook knew about the issue but “made minimal efforts to address these issues and plays them down in public.” “The hearing will provide an opportunity for a Facebook whistleblower to discuss their perspective and experience with the Subcommittee, including how to update children’s privacy regulations and other laws to protect consumers online,” reads a statement announcing the hearing, headed by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) of the Senate’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security. The internal documents showed how Facebook was acutely aware of the effects of its platform on teens and their mental well-being. Presentations …

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