Below, you can check out five highlights from NextPit‘s coverage over the past few days:
That said, it’s time to talk about our picks for this week’s winners and losers!
Winner of the week: Fairphone
The Fairphone 4 is among us. And with this launch also emerges the discussion about sustainability in the mobile industry. We had the chance to briefly test the phone and, as my colleague Benjamin Lucks rightly pointed out, “the innovations at Fairphone are not called ‘Super Retina XDR with ProMotion’, but fair working conditions, sustainable materials and modularity”.
We often highlight the announcement of super powerful or highly anticipated smartphones, as was the case with devices like the iPhone 13 and Galaxy Z Fold 3, recently reviewed here on the channel. So, nothing more fair than to recognise the effort of Fairphone to try to break the chains of planned obsolescence and put on the market a smartphone with 5 years of warranty and more sustainable hardware upgrade options.
Loser of the week: Facebook
The Fairphone 4 may fuels us with hope, but the same cannot be said for the company that is on the losers side this week. The controversy involving the safety of young people on Facebook and Instagram drags on for another week. Yes, Facebook has left the project of an Instagram for children on stand by, but that does not mean that young people around the world are protected, on the contrary.
On Thursday (30), a hearing was convened in the United States Senate to debate the toxic effects of Facebook and Instagram among teens as young as 13 years old. This was a direct consequence of a WSJ investigation (The Facebook Files) that exposed that Facebook is aware that Instagram is a toxic environment for young people.
Among the revelations made by the WSJ, a 2019 Facebook survey was exposed, in which the company claims to have worsened “problems with self-image for one in three teenage girls.” According to the paper, that internal research also identified the social network’s impact on increasing anxiety and depression conditions.
Honestly, so far, none of this is news. However, what really worries is the argument used by the company that owns the largest social network in the world to invest in applications designed for children. For Facebook, minors receive mobile phones earlier and earlier and this puts them at risk, increasing the need for apps designed for them.
But wait, if an internal survey revealed that Facebook was the cause of teens self-image problems, maybe the solution isn’t in expanding kids’ access to social networks, right? We’re still a long way from reaching the end of this story, but here’s a reminder to keep up with it chapter by chapter.
And that concludes this Sunday’s column! So, what did you think of this week’s choices? Share your opinion in the comments of this article.