Facebook comes with changes after the scandal with Frances Haugen

Facebook comes with changes after the scandal with Frances Haugen

Following allegations by former employee Frances Haugen, Facebook has decided to implement new policies to keep users away from harmful content, restrict political content and give parents more control over teen Instagram accounts.

The news was announced by Nick Clegg, a company official.

Clegg also said the company's Instagram Kids, a service for kids ages 13 and under that the company has recently banned, is part of the solution.

"We have no commercial incentive to do anything but try and make sure the experience is positive. We can not change human nature. We always see bad things online. We can do everything we can to ' reduced and softened them, "Clegg said.

The Facebook changes come after allegations by former employee Frances Haugen. Haugen, revealed Facebook internal documents in The Wall Street Journal and Congress, stating that Facebook puts its benefits before the health and well-being of users.

The documents revealed that the company is aware of some problems, especially among teenagers but either ignores them or does not solve them.

The company will start submitting data on content it publishes every 12 weeks in an independent audit, Clegg told ABC because "we have to account."

As congressional leaders call for more transparency from the tech giant for user privacy, Clegg urged lawmakers to intervene.

"We are not saying that this is somehow a replacement for our responsibilities, but there are many things that only regulators and lawmakers can do," he told the media. "And at the end of the day, I do not think anyone wants a private company to judge on these really difficult compromises between free expression on the one hand and moderation or removal of content on the other."

In response to allegations that Facebook helped spread misinformation and hate speech ahead of the Capitol riots on January 6, Clegg said individuals are responsible for their actions.

He also added that removing the algorithms would only promote more misinformation because they function as "giant spam filters".