The Beginnings of an Editorial: Policy and Supporting Claims

Jackson Nielsen

Policy claim: The CEO’s of large social media platforms, such as Instagram, TikTok, and Facebook, should create better safeguards on their applications which will lead to the protection of children and the decline of their exploitation.

Supporting claims:

  1. These platforms have purposely created addictive features which pull young people in and harm them.
  2. Meta, which owns Instagram, studied the kind of experiences kids were having on their application and found that “thirty-two percent of teen girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse”. Nothing was done to combat this finding which is why these safeguards need to be put in place. 
  3. The algorithms on these applications have the ability to lead potential predators to children.
  4. Parents can only do so much to stop their children from being exposed to harmful content which is why it falls into the lap of these CEO’s to put better measures in place to stop kids from being able to view this sort of content.