Adam Mosseri, head of Facebook’s Instagram service, was severely criticized Thursday after comparing the value of social networks to society with the value of cars.
“We know that more people die from car accidents than others, but in general, cars add far more value to the world than they destroy,” Moseri said in a Wednesday Recode Media podcast. I’m producing. ” “And I think social media is similar.”
Comments come after a series of reports by The Wall Street Journal this week based on Facebook’s internal files. A Tuesday report in the series revealed that Facebook repeatedly discovered that its Instagram app was harmful to many teenagers. Among the findings, 32% of teenage girls had an internal presentation stating that Instagram was even more sick when they felt sick.
Following the report, U.S. lawmakers on both sides of the aisle will launch a children’s version of Instagram, asking Facebook for an answer on how the service affects the mental health of teens and children. I asked the company to abandon the plan.
Mosseri’s Instagram-car comparison shows that podcast host Peter Kafka will withdraw services if the service can really hurt people, just as tobacco does harm to people. This was done after asking executives if they would like to limit it.
“Absolutely not, and I really disagree with the comparison with drugs and tobacco. These benefits, if any, are very limited,” Moseri said. “Everything that is used on a large scale has positive and negative results. Cars have positive and negative results.”
Many Twitter users criticized Moseri for comparison, noting that, unlike social media, the automotive industry is tightly regulated. Among those critics was former Facebook executive Brian Borland.
“We also have regulations and national road safety bureaus on automobiles. Maybe @mosseri should read not safe at any speed?” Borland Tweet..
Kafka asked about all the regulations surrounding cars and said Moseri believed that social media regulations were needed.
“I think we need to be careful because regulation can cause more problems,” Moseri said in a podcast. “But we think it’s a big enough industry to be important and we need to move it forward.”
Moseri continued to defend on Twitter after a wave of criticism, calling the car analogy “not perfect,” but Facebook executives say that social media that connects people is doing better than bad. He said he supported the belief.
“The culture of headlines contributed by social media is exhausted,” Moseri said. Said In his series of tweets on Thursday morning.