Facebook safety exec to face Senate panel next week over teens’ mental health

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A Senate panel will grill a Facebook Inc. executive next week in the wake of a Wall Street Journal report that found Facebook had knowledge that its platforms have a negative impact on young users yet has done little to address the problem. Sens. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., will convene a hearing before a Senate consumer-protection subcommittee next Thursday, Sept. 30, entitled “Protecting Kids Online: Facebook, Instagram, & Mental Health Harms.” Antigone Davis, Facebook’s global head of safety, is scheduled to appear before the panel. “Mark Zuckerberg’s guiding principle for Facebook is profit,” Blackburn said in a statement Thursday. “The platform was fully aware that Facebook had serious and harmful issues. Young girls’ risk of suicide increased, human trafficking thrived on the site, and cartels gloated about their killings. I look forward to Facebook answering these very serious alle
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