A US Senator appeared to misunderstood the concept of ‘Finsta’ and it is pretty hilarious.
Speaking during a Senate hearing about how Facebook impacts teenagers’ mental health, senator Richard Blumenthal pressed the company’s global head of safety Antigone Davis on whether they had plans to “end” these types of account, but revealed he really didn’t quite know much about the term.
During a Senate hearing, Facebook safety chief explains to Sen. Blumenthal that Finsta is slang for a fake account.… https://t.co/Bl2XAoGm5Y
Elsewhere in the hearing, Blumenthal accurately described Finsta as secret second accounts that teens use to evade parental scrutiny. However, he seemed to think that these were actual features used by the company rather than a trend started by young people as a joke.
Here Senator Blumenthal perfectly explains what "finstas" are (fake instas). He's seen documents from the FB whistl… https://t.co/aVNVBDaXpm
The hearing examined how Instagram affects mental health following the publication of a series of leaked internal documents by the Wall Street Journal suggesting that the could negatively impact body image and self-esteem.
“Children and teens face immense peer pressure and social expectations to broadcast their lives online,” the subcommittee said in a statement announcing the hearing, adding that it would specifically be exploring the Facebook research exposed by the Journal report and “policy considerations to safeguard kids online”.
Looks like Blumenthal could have done a bit more research.