DCMS Committee to question Instagram and YouTube on addictive design

10 May 2019

Does the design of digital platforms like YouTube and Instagram encourage excessive or harmful use? If so, how are the companies tackling this to protect consumers?


Wednesday 15 May, The Thatcher Room, Portcullis House

At 2.30pm

  • Claire Lilley, Child Safety Policy Manager, Google EMEA 
  • Marco Pancini, Public Policy Director, YouTube EMEA
  • Rich Waterworth, Marketing Director, YouTube EMEA

At 3.30pm

  • Karina Newton, Head of Public Policy, Instagram
  • Vishal Shah, Head of Product, Instagram

About the session

The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee will question representatives from YouTube, Google, and Instagram in a public session next Wednesday 15th May  at 2.30pm (Thatcher Room, Portcullis House) as part of its inquiry into immersive and addictive technologies. It will be the first time that Instagram has given evidence to Parliament.

The Committee will explore the practices and ethics of designing digital platforms in a way that ‘hooks’ users and potentially encourages excessive or harmful use. Likely topics include: age verification and the safety of child users; the effects of social media on wellbeing and consumer behaviour, as well as the role ‘influencers’ play in that; and the responsibilities that platforms have regarding content on their sites.

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