Menlo Park’s Facebook will try to ‘nudge’ teens away from harmful contents

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Menlo Park’s Facebook will try to ‘nudge’ teens away from harmful contents

Facebook Inc Vice President of Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, said on Sunday in a CNN interview that the Menlo Park, California-headquartered social networking monolith would set off a new course of action aimed at turning teens away from harmful contents, as US lawmakers kept slapping the social networking giant on potential impacts of Facebook and its subsidiaries like of Instagram over the teens’ mental health.

Aside from that, speaking in a CNN program “State of the Union,” Clegg had shared a concept of further flexibility in regulators’ access to Facebook algorithms which are usually exploited to amp up contents, however, Clegg also had said he would not be able to answer whether Facebook Inc’s algorithm had encouraged the mob who had attacked the US Capitol on January 6.

In point of fact, latest remarks from Clegg came forth just days after a former Facebook employee who turned to a whistleblower, Frances Haugen, had testified about Facebook Inc’s role in Capitol Hill riot and how the social media giant had been stimulating people to post harmful contents, eventually stabbing young people’s mental health.

Haugen left Facebook Inc back in May this year.

Facebook says will try to nudge young people away from harmful contents

Meanwhile, Clegg added Facebook Inc’s algorithms should be held accountable by regulation, if necessary.

Besides, Clegg said in Sunday’s interview with CNN, “We're going to introduce something which I think will make a considerable difference, which is where our systems see that the teenager is looking at the same content over and over again and its content which may not be conducive to their well-being, we will nudge them to look at other content.

We're introducing something called, 'take a break,' where we will be prompting teens to just simply just take a break from using Instagram,” illustrating a likely vague attempt to fend off sharp criticisms from a flurry of lawmakers and activists, suggested analyst.