After being “whistled” by Frances Haugen, Facebook is now eager to restore their reputation, and one of their options is to promise to reduce features that may cause potential harm to teenagers.CNN and Reuters According to the report, Nick Clegg, vice president of global affairs and communications at Facebook, promised that Instagram will launch a “Take a break” feature to encourage young people to stop using social networks for a period of time. Unhealthy behavior.
Nick Clegg also pointed out that Facebook will “guide” young people away from content that “may not be beneficial to them” in the app. Although he has not given any details so far, he does propose to establish an “accountability” mechanism for Facebook’s algorithms, including in When necessary, community regulations can be added to ensure compliance with real-world regulations.
The new approach may solve some of Haugen’s concerns. She once pointed out that Facebook has long been aware that its algorithm may cause adverse effects. While directing young people to harmful content, it will only delete a small part of hate speech. Haugen also felt that the U.S. Congress should reformArticle 230 of the Communications Regulation ActTo increase Facebook’s responsibility for the content chosen by the algorithm. Facebook should also reduce the proliferation of content and force users to think about the content before sharing it reflexively.
Having said that, Facebook’s new measures are still unfinished to satisfy Haugen and other critics. Although Facebook’s new features can reduce the exposure of harmful content, they have always refused to delete the problematic content. Clegg’s statement also reflects a very common strategy of Facebook, they welcome regulation, but only for regulation that can be acceptable to the company. This new proposal may bring some help, but politicians may ask for more room for improvement to prevent Facebook from dictating its own rules.