Fb exec will testify at Senate listening to after report finds Instagram harms teen psychological well being


Fb Head of International Security Antigone Davis speaks throughout a roundtable dialogue on cyber security and know-how on the White Home March 20, 2018 in Washington, DC.

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Facebook agreed to ship Antigone Davis, international head of security, to testify earlier than the Senate Commerce subcommittee on client safety on Sept. 30, a Fb spokesperson confirmed to CNBC.

The Washington Post reported the information earlier on Thursday.

The listening to comes after The Wall Road Journal revealed a sequence of reviews detailing inside discussions at Fb, based mostly on paperwork it obtained. One of the articles that sparked anger amongst lawmakers revealed that Fb performed analysis exhibiting its Instagram app had a negative impact on many teenage girls’ mental health, regardless of testimony from high executives up to now that solely highlighted the platforms’ optimistic impacts. Lawmakers in each events demanded answers from Fb.

Instagram’s head of public coverage, Karina Newton, wrote in a blog post following the report that the corporate is exploring methods to nudge customers towards extra uplifting content material.

Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., the rating member on the subcommittee, instructed CNBC final week in regards to the upcoming listening to, saying she anticipated it will embody representatives from Fb, TikTok, TwitterSnap and Google-owned YouTube. It isn’t but clear which corporations in addition to Fb, if any, can have a witness at subsequent week’s listening to.

A YouTube spokesperson instructed CNBC in a press release the corporate is working to find out a date to testify on its privateness and baby security insurance policies. In keeping with YouTube, the corporate first realized of the Sept. 30 listening to date on Sept. 10, which it stated was later than different witnesses realized of it. YouTube requested extra time to organize, however stated the request was denied.

A spokesperson for Snap additionally stated the corporate is constant to work with the committee.

Spokespeople for the opposite corporations named didn’t instantly present remark.

Blackburn stated in her earlier CNBC interview that her employees has spoken with a Fb whistleblower with the identical paperwork supplied to the Journal. The Submit reported Thursday that the whistleblower plans to go public earlier than the tip of the yr, probably by testifying earlier than Congress, based on an unnamed aide to Blackburn.

Spokespeople for Blackburn and Fb didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark in regards to the whistleblower’s reported potential testimony.

At a listening to earlier this week that was meant to give attention to knowledge and antitrust legislation, lawmakers as an alternative ended up grilling a Fb privateness coverage govt in regards to the Journal article. Most of the identical senators will get one other likelihood to query Fb at subsequent Thursday’s listening to.

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