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Ex-Meta Engineer Raises Alarm On Teen Safety, Sparks Legislative Attention

Amidst rising concerns over the impact of social media on teen safety, a former Meta Platforms Inc. (NASDAQ:META) engineer’s testimony before a U.S. Senate subcommittee has put the spotlight back on the tech giant’s responsibilities, reported Reuters.

What Happened: Arturo Bejar, a former Meta employee, presented allegations to a U.S. Senate subcommittee that the social media behemoth had been aware of the risks teens were exposed to on its platforms but failed to take sufficient protective action. 

Bejar, who focused on user well-being at Instagram between 2019 and 2021 and was a former director of engineering for Facebook, emphasized the perils teens face online. In his testimony, he also underscored the urgent need for better tools to report and combat online abuse, especially for vulnerable young users.

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His testimony comes at a time when there is a bipartisan push in Congress to legislate parental control tools on social media platforms. Bejar detailed his efforts to positively influence user behavior through design changes and providing resources to handle negative experiences.

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