Meta disbands the team studying the potential negative impacts of Facebook and Instagram. According to the report, many of the team members are still working with the company doing something similar.
Meta Disbands the Team Studying Potential Negative Impacts of Facebook and Instagram
The parent company of Facebook, Meta, reportedly has disbanded an internal team that is dedicated to studying the potential negative effect of the products of the company and this is including Facebook and Instagram.
Members of the Responsible Innovation Team
Up to 20 engineers, ethicists, and many others made up the Responsible Innovation team as it was referred to which up until now had assessed potential concerns in regards to new products and changes to both Facebook and Instagram as per the wall street journal on Thursday.
A spokesperson from Meta told the journal that many of the former members of the team would continue doing similar watchdog work in other areas of the company although they were not guaranteed jobs.
The majority of the former Responsibility Innovation team at the moment is doing their former work but indirectly on other teams as a shift in the strategy of the company.
What Meta Has To Say About the Development
“This work is more of a priority than ever, not less,” Eric Porterfield, a Meta spokesman in a statement told CNET. “We are scaling it by deploying dedicated teams of experts into priority product areas and have more people working on responsible innovation within product teams than two years ago. That’s why the overwhelming majority of former members of this team are continuing with this kind of work elsewhere at Meta.”
Meta Is In a Period of Change
The company right now is in a period of change. Meta has continued to struggle with a mid-year drop in advertising revenue, shuttered live shopping, and also faces a fine of up to $400 million by EU authorities for failing in its part to protect children on its platform. The company also is continuing its refocus on virtual reality with a new headset set to be coming alongside a VR conference on October 11.