The Journal’s reporting, and the renewed pressure from lawmakers in its aftermath, also appeared to force Instagram to rethink its plans to introduce a version of its service for kids under 13. Days before Facebook’s global head of safety, Antigone Davis, testified before Blumenthal’s Commerce subcommittee, Instagram said it would press pause on the project.
Blumenthal said he was dismayed that in her testimony, Davis “appears to have provided false or inaccurate testimony to me regarding attempts to internally conceal its research.”
“Notably, in response to direct questions about whether Facebook has locked down or shut out access to documents, Ms. Davis stated ‘it’s not my understanding that we’ve done that”‘ and committed to following up with my office about any changes in that understanding. However, last week, several media outlets reported that [Facebook] has locked down documents from the Facebook Integrity team. These are the actions of a company attempting to resist scrutiny, not embrace transparency.”
Facebook spokesperson Andy Stone confirmed the company received the letter.
CNN Business’ Samantha Kelly contributed to this report.