Facebook: A Turning Point for Social Networks?

Available for Interviews: Dr. Hope Umansky

Dr. Hope Umansky is an American Culture College Professor with a PhD in Clinical Psychology.

Is this a turning point for social networks?
Or, will things continue to get worse?

American Culture professor can talk about where this might be taking us as a country.

What Dr. Hope can say in an interview on this topic:

    • The testimony from the Facebook whistleblower, Francis Haugen, was courageous and compelling.
    • This is a turning point with America’s social networks. We have seen their algorithms affect elections around the world. We have seen social media turn family members against each other. Will the networks course correct?  Will Congress have to take a harder stance? Is it enough that it is hurting America’s children (and is that really resonating with parents who may not fully understand what they are doing when they hand their kids a cell phone.)

    • Facebook internal documents demonstrate Instagram is hurtful to teen girls—even members of Congress are confused since Facebook and Instagram knew of this research and did nothing.  Will this be a turning point? It might be for other social networks willing to forgo profits and institute stricter child protections.
    • Haugen demonstrated that the people in charge at Facebook and Instagram are fully conscious of the damage their platforms cause. This feels a lot like the climate change discussion. We know that it is a problem but don’t know what to do to fix it.
    • Where are the public outrage and protection for teen girls’ self-esteem and self-concept? This part saddens me. I don’t feel like there is enough outrage here when we now know that a company has targeted our nation’s youth and our nation’s girls. If we were talking about polluted water or unsafe school conditions, I think it would make more sense to people.
    •  Perhaps an awareness campaign and possibly a boycott to demonstrate that this is hurting our youth. How can we not act? People need to pressure Congress to press forward on this to enact legislation that can protect our vulnerable youth.

 

Interview: Dr. Hope Umansky

Dr. Hope Umansky, a.k.a. Dr. Hope, is an American Culture College Professor and an author on educational reform, equity, inclusion, social justice & American culture. Her column, Dr. Hope On Point represents the intersection of historical context and popular culture, with an emphasis on the complex human experience.

Hope Umansky, PhD, offers a unique psychology-based perspective on the questions and events that weigh heavy on our hearts and minds.

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