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Instagram’s chief executive to testify before Congress

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Congress is investigating the harm that the app imposes on kids

Following weeks of scrutiny… Instagram’s chief executive will be testifying before Congress for the first time in early December.

The chair of the Senate Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection says the “bombshell reports about Instagram’s toxic impacts” has left them wanting to “hear straight from the company’s leadership”.

The report found that Instagram made one third of teenage girls feel worse about their bodies, and about 13% of teenage British users who experienced suicidal thoughts could trace the issue back to the app.

The subcommittee is concerned about “Why the platform uses powerful algorithms that push poisonous content to children driving them down rabbit holes to dark places, and what it will do to make its platform safer”.

They hope that the chief will “support specific legislative reforms and solutions, particularly in its immensely potent algorithms”.

This comes only weeks after former Facebook employee Frances Haugen released thousands of pages of internal documents exposing Instagram’s parent company Facebook to the Senate.

Natasha is an Associate Producer at ticker NEWS with a Bachelor of arts from Monash University. She has previously worked at Sky News Australia and Monash University as an Online Content Producer.

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It takes a village: coordinated financial teams prove paramount to maximising wealth

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The pursuit of wealth is often faced by significant challenges including debt, lifestyle costs, and burnout – so what methods can help overcome these challenges?

Maximising financial opportunities involves a suite of tasks, from leveraging favourable loan rates, strategic tax planning, and coordinated financial advising.

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Microsoft recalls ‘Recall AI’ feature over security fears

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Microsoft has announced a postponement in the release of its new Recall AI feature, citing significant security concerns raised during internal testing.

Pope Francis took charge of discussions on the implications of artificial intelligence for global ethics and governance, Reuters reports.

The pope said AI represented an “epochal transformation” for mankind, but stressed the need for close oversight of the ever-developing technology to preserve human life and dignity.

“No machine should ever choose to take the life of a human being,” he said, adding that people should not let superpowerful algorithms decide their destiny.
“We would condemn humanity to a future without hope if we took away people’s ability to make decisions about themselves and their lives, by dooming them to depend on the choices of machines,” he warned.

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