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Facebook will “nudge” teenagers to avoid harmful content.

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Facebook is always dealing with problems so, the most recent of which being whistleblower and former employee Frances Haugen’s explosive statement on Capitol Hill. The social media behemoth is now being examined for its purposeful tactics, which include harming kids’ mental health. Now, an executive has stated that Facebook is developing procedures and tools to assist steer teenagers away from potentially hazardous information. Facebook will “nudge” teenagers to avoid dangerous content. Some may argue that it is too late, but any effort to protect teenagers from danger should be great.

According to a Reuters report, Facebook’s Vice President of Global Affairs, Nick Clegg, stated that the company would be implementing new safeguards on Facebook and Instagram (as well as other applications) that will alert teenagers when the algorithm detects that they are accessing potentially hazardous information. He stated that they are willing to provide regulators access to their algorithms. That will amplify material across the network, not only for adolescents.

How Facebook “nudge” will work:

When the algorithm detects that a youngster is seeing the same information “over and over” and that it is potentially damaging to their general well-being. Facebook will “nudge” them to look at different stuff, according to Clegg. We won’t know what that nudge will look like until it releases. So we’ll have to wait and see if it’s actually effective. If teenagers are already spending too much time on Instagram, they will get information to “take a break.”

Senators have been questioning Facebook since last week, following evidence from former employee Haugen, who claims that the corporation incentivizes users to keep scrolling, despite internal research indicating that this has harmed teens in particular. They have been requesting that the business develop stronger strategies to protect its younger customers. Several lawmakers have requested other internet corporations for more regulations.

Plans to establish an Instagram for Kids were recently shelved. Despite their assurances that they will follow this idea, they will speak with additional parents and privacy activists on how to make it better and safer for children.

Read more:
1. Voice and video calls on Facebook Messenger now have end-to-end encryption.
2. New Tool From Facebook’s Offers Greater Control Over News Feed.
3. Dark Mode Is Coming To The Facebook Mobile Application.

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