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Head of Instagram speaks to Congress about keeping teens safe online

Adam Mosseri goes to Congress hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KYMA, KECY/NBC) - Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, stood in front of congress on December 9 to discuss what's being done to keep teens and children safe online.

His hearing involved statements from congressmen such as "Self policing based on trust is no longer a viable solution," and, "Our kids aren't cash cows."

A main topic was what Instagram is doing to keep protect its users, as research has shown that some Instagram executives knew how the social media app can be harmful.

Mosseri pointed out that Instagram is rolling out new safety tools and parental controls to limit screen time.

"There's no area more important than youth safety," says Mosseri.

Some officials said the safety features were too little, too late and were insisting that new regulations should be passed through congress.

Mosseri also stated, "I believe as a parent, it's going to be more responsible to develop an age-appropriate version of Instagram for those under 13."

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