Zuckerberg: “I Think Instagram Is A Super Positive Space”

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Spent Nearly Three Hours who is sick Experience Yesterday, most were answering questions about virtual reality, content moderation, censorship and government oversight. most media coverage is focused on communication between the FBI and meta About the Hunter Biden laptop story.

But in another part of the conversation, Zuckerberg offered a sunny take on his company. instagram The platform, which has been heavily criticized over the past year since the Facebook whistleblower Francis Haugen went public with their concerns about the impact the company’s products would have on Americans.

“I think Instagram is a super positive space,” Zuckerberg told Rogan. “I think we get some of the criticism there that it’s too curated and potentially, in some ways, overly positive … it’s easy to spend time there, and absorb a lot of the positivity.”

This estimate is in sharp contrast to Hogen’s estimate last year.

“Instagram is about comparing bodies and lifestyles,” she said, a focus she and Facebook’s own internal research – Indicates that many users, especially teenage girls, suffer a lot.

“Thirty-two percent of teenage girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse,” reads a quote from the company’s internal research in 2020 that was achieved by Wall Street Journal. “Comparisons on Instagram can change the way young women see and describe themselves.”

In addition, among teens who were expressing suicidal thoughts, 13% of the platform’s UK-based users and 6% of its US users reported a desire to kill themselves on Instagram, the documents showed.

haugen told Congress Internal recommendations last year introduced those findings and others to address political discourse: “Over and over again, those recommendations were disregarded.”

Instagram head Adam Mosseri told the Journal, “I don’t mean to downplay these issues in any way…

He stressed that the findings were not a black eye for the company, but a sign of significant introspection.

“For me, it’s not dirty laundry. I’m actually very proud of this research.”

You can watch a portion of Rogan’s Zuckerberg interview, where meta leaders discuss political discourse on their platforms, below.