Mark Zuckerberg delivers the opening keynote introducing new Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram privacy features (AFP) A global group of more than 50 child safety organisations and campaigners has urged Mark Zuckerberg to make Facebook safer for children.
Together, they have sent an open letter to the social network founder calling for more transparency on how the platform plans to tackle the issue.
Led by the NSPCC, the group has asked Facebook to publish, in full, its research on how its apps impact children’s mental health and grant access to its data to independent researchers, as well as publishing risk assessments on its products in relation to children.
It says it is speaking out in the wake of Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen’s claim that the company’s products ‘harm children’ and accusation that it refused to change its products – despite having internal research which showed it can have a negative impact on younger users – because executives elevate profits over safety.
Ms Haugen’s accusations were accompanied by tens of thousands of pages of internal research documents she secretly copied before leaving her job in the company’s civic integrity unit.
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