At a recent forum held in the U.S. DRM and the world’s top communications officials, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, on Thursday (local time) responded to questions raised with concern about child abuse on Instagram.
At a conference hosted by US DRM Hearing, senior technology CEOs including Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Sundar Photosi of Google, and Jack Dorsey of Twitter were asked to answer questions about the distribution of information shared by web-based media.
Mashable India reported that at the time of the hearing, the questions stemmed from petty and headline-grabbing allegations about capitol riots, and conspiracy allegations such as how Facebook involved cross-border traffickers.
Few members of Congress have asked Zuckerberg about how teens and teenagers use the Facebook platform as Instagram directly. With this in mind members want to understand how Facebook keeps children safe, and protects their personal information.
Following this, Zuckerberg responded that the platform keeps children safe. He went on to confirm the same by saying, “Helping people stay connected with friends and learning about different online content is very broad.”
The question came after hot Facebook news surfaced revealed that the company’s photo-sharing app was working to build a playground for children under 13. Currently, according to the Childhood Online Protection Act (COPA), Users must be over 13 to use Instagram.
Concerned about the changing nature of events, parent groups have been asking Facebook for a while to do more about online media enforcement, harassment, and practices where time spent on web-based media disrupts emotional health.
According to Mashable India, that was the question asked by Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL) as she lists many destructive lessons on this topic, Zuckerberg can only answer from them: “Congresswoman, I know the issues.”
Zuckerberg admitted without questioning that, yes, there are children who lie about their age but still enter the platform. This is one of the reasons why Facebook is checking children’s Instagram, “he said.
However, Zuckerberg admitted that, of course, there are children who lie about their age but still find their direction on the platform. That’s why, one of the main reasons why Facebook is exploring Instagram for teens.
“We are still beginning to think about how this service will work. It is clear that there are a large number of people under the age of 13 who would like to use an app like Instagram,” Zuckerberg said in response to a question from Attorney Gus Bilirakis. (R-FL).
However, Castor, who was dissatisfied with Zuckerberg’s answer to his question, expressed the view, saying, “You know that the brains and social development of our children are still developing at an early age. We will enforce the law. “