Social media platforms prove dangerous for younger generations
MANKATO, Minnesota (KEYC) – Social media companies are once again on the defensive against accusations of negative impacts on the younger population.
U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) Is among a number of lawmakers calling for change after hearing the latest disturbing reports.
“When you find out that Facebook’s own research reveals that over 13% of teenage girls say Instagram made their thoughts of suicide worse,” Klobuchar said. “We want our children to be safe online, free from algorithms that promote harmful content. Safe from businesses that care more about their bottom line than the privacy of our children.
Klobuchar says it’s an ongoing problem. In 2016, she pushed the Anna Westin Act, which included increased training and education on eating disorders.
She recently hosted a roundtable with parents, where she heard their concerns about the lack of privacy and the spread of harmful content on social media platforms.
“I have 15 and 16 year old daughters. They’ve been bombarded on their phones for years now because of algorithms, ”said Amara Hanel. “I’m just looking for things that don’t even seem to go off, and there’s a lot, a lot of stuff coming through Snapchat, through Instagram, these types of platforms that they use.”
“What she has access to look for is more than appropriate for someone her age, according to the platform, because there is no mystery about it,” added Natalie Kennedy. “Also, what happens in his private messages. No matter how hard I try, I can’t figure out how to stop some of the things that happen to him.
Several senators are currently working on legislation to increase the protection of children on social media.
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