Knowledgeable sources said Facebook has postponed new product launches in recent days amid media reports and congressional hearings over a set of internal documents that show much of the damage done by its platforms.
Executives at the social media company have also suspended some work on new and existing products as more than a dozen people participate in “reputation reviews” to examine how Facebook reviews are handled and to ensure that the products do not adversely affect children, according to the Wall Street Journal.
In a Facebook post on Tuesday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he asked executives to immerse themselves in the job and across the company over the next few days and commit to continuing to research the company’s products.
“I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about the types of experiences I want my kids and others to have online, and it’s very important to me that everything we build is safe and good for kids,” he wrote.
This follows Facebook’s announcement last week that it would put its Instagram Kids production plans on hold after lawmakers and others expressed concerns about the photo-sharing platform’s effects on the market. youth mental health.
Facebook has announced in recent days features for existing services, such as the provision of games on Facebook Gaming.
Facebook tries to answer questions from the public, lawmakers on both sides and others about how its platforms work and its effects on users and society in general.
The Wall Street Journal published a series of files containing an article revealing internal company research that found Instagram to be harmful to a large percentage of young users, especially teenage girls who are worried about image and the shape of their body.
Zuckerberg first weighed in on the controversy on Tuesday night, saying the newspaper’s reports portrayed a “bad image” of Facebook and its priorities, but the newspaper responded that he supported his reporting.