Tuesday’s testimony from Frances Haugen, a former Facebook product manager, about how Facebook and Instagram can be addictive and harmful to kids, angered online parents.
Some parents question their own complicity in allowing their children to have social media accounts. Others blame the platforms for the malicious content.
“My daughter has been damaged by Instagram,” one user tweeted in response to comments about the hearing from Andy Stone, a Facebook spokesman. “It was a brutal tagline that took her back from her body disorder issues that came about at the exact moment she started using Instagram.”
Another parent said that family members have a responsibility to act by keeping children away from social media.
“I am a parent and I have protected my sons,” this user tweeted. “I am a parent and I have protected my sons. It’s that simple. I am not a fan of FB but we must have some common sense. “
Another added that “without a doubt” Facebook and Instagram “harm teenagers”.
“My daughter is 12 years old, she doesn’t use these apps. Seriously parents, don’t put your kids in these apps,” the user wrote.