By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 9-14-21

A pair of powerful senators have launched a bipartisan congressional investigation into Facebook’s alleged “coverup” of the impact of its platforms on teens and children, tapping a Facebook whistleblower in that effort.

Sens. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), chair and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Commerce Consumer Protection Subcommittee, said they were launching that probe.

Last month, both legislators asked Facebook for internal research on the impact of their platforms, including Instagram Kids – on young people’s mental health.

That probe comes amid pushback on Facebook’s plans for Instagram Kids and in direct response to a story in the Wall Street Journal that got widespread coverage.  » Read More