Following months of investigation, Instagram’s CEO, Adam Mosseri, is scheduled to appear in a Senate subcommittee hearing in early December about the platform’s possibly negative influence on younger users.
Mosseri will be testifying before Congress for the first time. Since Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen revealed hundreds of internal corporate documents, he has become the most high-profile executive from Meta, the social media firm formerly known as Facebook, to agree to testify.
According to several of the documents, Instagram’s own researchers discovered that the app can harm teenage users’ mental health and body image, as well as exacerbate harmful behaviors like eating disorders.
Sen. Richard Blumenthal, who chairs the Subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, and Data Security, said in a statement to CNN Business, “After bombshell reports about Instagram’s toxic impacts, we want to hear straight from the company’s leadership why it 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.” Blumental had previously requested testimony from Mosseri or Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Instagram’s influence on children.
In a video posted to his Twitter account on Wednesday, Mosseri, a longtime Facebook executive who has led Instagram since 2018, confirmed his plan to testify. According to Mosseri, the company and lawmakers “have common aims.”
“We all want young people to be safe when they’re online so I look forward to these conversations,” he said, “and you’re going to hear more from us about safety, not only at Instagram but at Meta more broadly.”
In a statement to CNN Business, Meta spokeswoman Dani Lever said: “We continue to work with the committee to find a date for Adam [Mosseri] to testify on the important steps Instagram is taking.”