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Report: State AGs Investigate Instagram’s Impact on Children

According to the Wall Street Journal, the psychological effects of Facebook-owned platform Instagram on young children are being investigated by a bipartisan coalition of state attorneys general. Nebraska’s Republican Attorney General Doug Peterson stated: “When social media platforms treat our children as mere commodities to manipulate for longer screen time engagement and data extraction, it becomes imperative for state attorneys general to engage our investigative authority under our consumer protection laws.”

FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2019, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the Paley Center in New York. FILE - In this April 23, 2021, file photo, the Facebook app is shown in the app store on a smart phone in Surfside, Fla. Facebook on Wednesday, July …

Instagram Asks Users to Verify They Are Human with Video Selfies

Instagram has reportedly begun asking some users to send in video selfies of their face from multiple angles in order to verify that they are a real person. The move comes just weeks after parent company Facebook (now known as Meta) promised to stop using facial recognition technology.

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Report: Facebook Continuing to Spy on Teens for Ad Targeting

According to a recent report by Fairplay, Global Action Plan and Reset Australia, Facebook (now Meta) is continuing to track teenagers for ad targeting across its social media platforms despite claiming it would be limiting how advertisers could reach young users.

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Report: Facebook Was Hiring Developers to Target Children as Young as Six

According to recently leaked internal documents, tech giant Facebook has been hiring employees to develop products targeting children as young as six in an effort to expand the company’s userbase. The company remains defiant about its plan to target children with new products, saying in a statement: “Considering that our competitors are doing the same thing, it would actually be newsworthy if Facebook didn’t do this work.”

In this image from video, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Thursday, March 25, 2021. (House Energy and Commerce Committee via AP)

Report: FTC Investigates Facebook over Disclosures of Platform’s Negative Effects on Teens

According to recent reports, staffers at the Federal Trade Commission have begun looking into disclosures that Facebook’s internal research identified negative effects from its products. In particular, company researchers found Instagram to be extremely toxic for teenage girls, with one researcher writing: “We make body image issues worse for one in three teen girls.”

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Percieved as ‘Boring:’ Facebook Is Struggling to Attract Younger Users

According to a recent report, tech giant Facebook has been struggling to attract younger users to the platform in recent years. An internal presentation reads: “Most young adults perceive Facebook as a place for people in their 40s and 50s. Young adults perceive content as boring, misleading, and negative. They often have to get past irrelevant content to get to what matters.”

Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg testifies during a US House Committee on Energy and Commerce hearing about Facebook on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, April 11, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Report: Facebook Plans to Change Its Name in Coming Weeks

Social media giant Facebook reportedly plans to change its company name next week to focus on the company’s development of the “metaverse” virtual world. The move could also be spurred by recognition by the Masters of the Universe that the Facebook name has been tarnished by a tidal wave of scandals.

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Facebook Says It Will Protect Celebrities from ‘Sexualized Attacks’ on Platform

As part of the company’s new anti-harassment policy update, social media giant Facebook plans to begin removing “sexualized attacks” on celebrities from its platform. A Facebook executive explained the company’s reasoning: “We made these changes because attacks like these can weaponize a public figure’s appearance, which is unnecessary and often not related to the work these public figures represent.”

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