Instagram has acknowledged on CNN that he has promoted accounts glorifying extreme diets and eating disorders, reports the channel, and admitted he shouldn’t have.
Extreme diet accounts were promoted to an Instagram account created by Senator Richard Blumenthal’s staff. The Connecticut senator’s team registered an account as a 13-year-old girl and continued to follow a few diet and eating disorder accounts (the latter should be banned from Instagram). Soon, the Instagram algorithm began recommending almost exclusively the young teen account to follow increasingly extreme diet accounts, the senator told CNN.
Blumenthal’s office shared a list of Instagram algorithm recommended accounts with CNN. After CNN sent a sample from this list of five accounts to Instagram for comment, the company removed them, saying they all broke its eating disorder encouragement policies.
Speaking on CNN on Monday, Blumenthal said, “This experience shows very graphically how [Facebook’s] claims of protecting children or deleting accounts that could be dangerous to them are absolute nonsense. “
The same senator who asked the stupid question about “Finsta” accounts now offers a perfectly executed sting operation on Instagram’s misleading claims about his engagement machine. It won’t be as widely reported, I’m afraid.