Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg called Instagram “a super positive space” during a lengthy interview on The Joe Rogan Experience on Thursday.
In a three-hour conversation with Joe Rogan, Zuckerberg criticized rival Twitter, saying it was hard to spend time on the social media platform without getting “upset,” and praised the user experience on Meta-owned Instagram.
” Product designers must consider the emotions that users have when designing products. Rogan is told by Zuckerberg that he doesn’t wish to create something that causes people anger.
He then talks about Twitter, saying, “The plus side is that there are all these people who can be super-witty, and they are saying very insightful things. But a lot are also very cutting.”
“I find that it’s hard to spend a lot of time on Twitter without getting too upset,” Zuckerberg adds. “On the flip side, I think Instagram is a super positive space.”
“I think Instagram is a super positive space. “
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The Meta CEO claims that a lot of the criticism leveled at Instagram is aimed at the fact that the social media platform is too positive.
” “Some of the criticisms that we receive there are that it’s too curated and possibly, in some way, overly optimistic but I think the energy is on Instagram generally is very positive,” Rogan says. “It’s easy to spend time there, and kind of absorb a lot of the positivity.”
Later on in the interview, Zuckerberg attributes some of the differences between the user experiences on Instagram and Twitter to “the design of the systems.”
“I think images are a little less cutting usually, and kind of critical, than text,” he says.
Zuckerberg made these comments after Frances Haugen, a Facebook whistleblower revealed that Instagram is “more dangerous than any other social media” because it requires users to concentrate on certain things.
“Instagram is about social comparison and about bodies… about people’s lifestyles, and that’s what ends up being worse for kids,” Haugen says.
“I am deeply worried that it may not be possible to make Instagram safe for a 14-year-old, and I sincerely doubt that it is possible to make it safe for a 10-year-old,” she adds.
In June, Meta was served with eight different lawsuits that contend the company deliberately adjusted its algorithm to hook young people.
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