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Will the US regulate Facebook after child safety concerns


Governments are taking a strong stand against big tech companies, especially Facebook. This was clearly demonstrated when the CEOs of the largest US tech companies were antagonized at a hearing several months ago.

But it has become more difficult for Facebook and its CEO. And that was after corruption whistleblower Frances Haugen leaked thousands of internal files from the company after leaving her to work as a project manager within the company.

Although these things happen constantly with large tech companies, the current event is the strongest. As the leaked files contain information about how the popular social media platform deals with users and their content, especially children and teens.

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Lawmakers may have failed to take serious steps against these companies, and the Cambridge Analytica scandal is a case in point. But current events may prompt them to act as it affects children and adolescents even more.

The leaks of Francis Haugen, known as the Facebook Files, contain information about the company’s flagging of the accounts of some famous people and putting them on a list known as a whitelist. This allows them to freely commit offenses on the platform. Besides, it also included the results of studies conducted by the company on the effect of Instagram on teenagers, which was very bad.

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The leaked information revealed that 6% of people who contemplate suicide have reached that stage because of the Instagram platform. Which was discovered through an opinion poll conducted by the company and then concealed and did not publish it.

At the hearing, US lawmakers showed great agreement that the company was wrong. He explained that all popular groups have been affected by Facebook and Instagram, whether they are Democrats or Republicans.

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Perhaps what decision makers need most is information and documents. It is available in abundance this time. This is in contrast to the recent hearing, which included the executives of Facebook, Google, and Twitter, in which they relied on answer tampering because the questions were not based on reliable documents or information.

As anyone would expect, the documents most influential in the case are those related to children, and may be the main motivation for lawmakers to reorganize Facebook.

This is in light of the existence of laws known as The KIDS Act on children’s matters, which may be used against Facebook in particular, and against technology companies that disregard the safety and privacy of children and young people in particular.

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