Sunday, October 10, 2021

Facebook’s War for the Minds of Children Just Beginning; WSJ: Facebook’s Ambitions with Preteen Audience Goes Far Beyond ‘Instagram for Kids’

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Facebook’s war for the minds of children just beginning:
Parents needs to step up and monitor social-media use
Until 2014, when Facebook was just ten years old, the company had a famous motto coined by its founder Mark Zuckerberg: Move fast and break things.
In a sense, the catchphrase captured the swing-for-the-fences, gambling-style culture that led to Facebook’s rapid rise from start-up to global tech behemoth.
But today, the company has a new bet. It’s betting on our kids, and it doesn’t seem to care what gets broken in the process.
For those following the unfolding bombshell of Facebook’s leaked internal research reported by the Wall Street Journal, the past week has been stunningly eye-opening and utterly banal.
In testimony before Congress this week, a former Facebook employee turned whistleblower Frances Haugen stated that the company’s products “harm children, stoke division, and weaken our democracy.”
“The company’s leadership knows how to make Facebook and Instagram safer,” she accused, “but won’t make the necessary changes because they have put their astronomical profits before people.”
Haugen’s testimony follows last week’s fifth installment of the Journal’s “Facebook Files” investigation. The latest release highlights Facebook’s own research, outlining its ever-expanding, cradle-to-grave product ambitions. --->READ MORE HERE
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WSJ: Facebook’s Ambitions with Preteen Audience Goes Far Beyond ‘Instagram for Kids’:
A new report from the Wall Street Journal claims that Facebook’s attempts to attract younger users to its platforms go beyond the company’s recently abandoned “Instagram for Kids” project. Leaked documents reportedly show that the company formed a team to study preteens and set a three-year goal to develop more products for them.
The Wall Street Journal reports in an article titled “Facebook’s Effort to Attract Preteens Goes Beyond Instagram Kids, Documents Show,” that as Facebook has faced intense criticism in recent weeks for the effect of its social media platforms on teen users, new documents show that the company has been spending years developing projects to attract preteens to its platforms in ways that were previously unreported.
Reports from the Wall Street Journal have shed new light on Facebook’s view of its younger users. In a report titled “Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show,” the WSJ claimed that Facebook wass aware that its photo-sharing app Instagram can have a negative effect on the body image of young women --->READ MORE HERE
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