The blog post addressed some of these criticisms without specifically citing the newspaper articles. The company said that while it has always been responsive to platform issues, it tries to be more proactive in integrating safety and security employees into product teams during the development process.
“In the past, we haven’t addressed safety and security issues early enough in the product development process,” Facebook said on its blog. “But we fundamentally changed that approach. “
Facebook also shared new stats around its Global Political Ads Library, an archive where people can search for political ads running on Facebook or on the Instagram photo-sharing app. Facebook said 3 million people use the ad library each month and the company rejected 3.5 million political or social ad submissions in the first six months of 2021 for failing to provide information appropriate.
Instagram, which was the subject of a story last week that found internal research showed the company knows its product can be emotionally damaging to young women, said this week it was considering “Nudges,” which will entice users to check out healthier content on the service or take a break from scrolling.