delayed the launch of new products and suspended some work on new and existing products, according to a Wall Street Journal report.
In recent days, the social media giant has halted rollouts of new products and suspended other work as more than a dozen people perform “reputation reviews,” according to the Journal report, citing anonymous sources close to it. folder.
The reviews aim to ensure that the products do not negatively impact children and examine how Facebook can be criticized, according to the report.
Facebook has come under scrutiny as a result a series of Journal reports, with claims covering Instagram’s impact on adolescent mental health, and claims about how its algorithm encourages social discord.
A corporate whistleblower who leaked internal documents to the Journal also testified before Congress this week as lawmakers turned their attention to the new public debate about the company’s role in society.
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg rebuffed many claims that popped up in Journal reports and whistleblower testimony in a post late Tuesday.
Zuckerberg noted that Facebook is working on an age-appropriate experiment with parental controls for Instagram, but that the company has “put this project on hold to take more time to engage with experts and ensure that whatever we do would be helpful “.
“We are committed to doing more research ourselves and making more research available to the public,” Zuckerberg added.
(ticker: FB) the stock has fallen 2% in the past five days, with a 4.9% drop on Monday marking the worst day for stocks in nearly a year.
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment.