Meta Faces EU Probe Over Child Safety Concerns on Facebook and Instagram

Meta, previously known as the Facebook company, is under investigation by the European Union (EU) due to concerns about child safety and the scrutiny of its algorithmic systems.

The EU has initiated further investigations into Facebook and Instagram, alleging that their inadequate online child safety practices violate the bloc’s stringent digital standards for social media companies.

According to the EU’s Digital Services Act, this marks a new phase of investigation for Meta Platforms, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram.

In response to the EU probe, Meta emphasized its commitment to ensuring the safety of young users on its platforms. The company highlighted that after decades of research, it has implemented nearly fifty online safety features designed to protect children.

The tech company also stated that it is prepared to talk about its plans with the European Commission, emphasizing that child protection is a problem that the whole sector faces.

“We want young people to have safe, age-appropriate experiences online and have spent a decade developing more than 50 tools and policies designed to protect them,” a Meta spokesperson told CNBC by email.

“This is a challenge the whole industry is facing, and we look forward to sharing details of our work with the European Commission.”

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