Facebook wants to target 6-year-olds, these documents prove it

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As you know, Facebook has been at the center of a media hurricane since the revelations of Frances Haugen, a former employee of the social network. In fact, the whistleblower uncovered numerous internal documents showing that Facebook specifically promotes online hate for profit. Of course, these accusations were quickly denied by Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg.

Confronted with the gravity of the facts alleged against the social network, American justice, and more precisely Congress decides to investigate Facebook and hold multiple hearings to separate truth from lies. A mission carried out by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the American federal body responsible for regulating and supervising financial markets.

However, we have learned that new internal documents provided by Frances Haugen reveal that: Facebook is actively recruiting to develop products for children ages 6 and up. “Our company is heavily invested in young people and has created a virtual cross-company team to create safer, more tailored experiences for young people that improve their well-being and that of their homes. Can we read this internal memo?

According to an internal blog post published on April 9, 2021, the social network plans to hire several people to develop a full line of products. products for different age groupsIt ranges from children ages 6 to 9, preadolescents ages 10 to 12, and then current targets (young adolescents ages 13 to 15, adolescents and adults ages 16 to 18).

Also read: YouTube, TikTok and Snapchat are as dangerous as Facebook for teenagers

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Facebook should “clean up their platform” first

According to Facebook notes, ““These five age groups can be used to define education, transparency, controls and defaults that will meet the needs of younger users.” Facebook should be ensuring the safety of young people on its various services, such as Instagram, instead of doing everything possible to target children as early as possible, critics of the company say.

Facebook and Instagram have shown time and time again that they cannot be trusted when it comes to the health of children and teenagers. They need to focus on cleaning up their existing platforms rather than trying to hook more kids at younger and younger ages to their addictive platforms.” So suggests James Steyer, founder and CEO of Common Sense Media, a nonprofit that specializes in exploring children’s relationships with the digital world.

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Following the release of internal memos, Facebook said through one of its spokespersons: ““If we continue to hire these people, they will focus primarily on the new features we are creating for teens and parents.” As a reminder, Facebook recently confirmed that it wants to copy TikTok to attract young people.

Source : NBC News