Ms Lagone was taken through a number of posts the schoolgirl engaged with on the platform in the last six months of her life, which she described as “by and large, admissive”.
The senior executive told the inquest that she thought it was “safe for people to be able to express themselves”, but conceded that a number of posts shown to the hearing would have violated Instagram’s policies.
Mr Sanders later asked Mr Lagone if she was “sorry” regarding the content Molly saw.
She replied: “We are sorry that Molly saw content that violated our policies.”
Later, during a heated exchange, which prompted Mr Sanders to raise his voice, he asked Ms Lagone why such content could be viewed by children on Instagram. The platform has a minimum age requirement of 13, however, Molly was 12 when she created her account.
He said: “You have created the platform. You could just close down […] but you’re choosing to do it and provide this vehicle for putting harmful content in the bedrooms of depressed children.
“You could just restrict it to adults who have informed capacity […] that children don’t have so why do it?” […]
“You have no right, you’re not their parents, you’re just a business in America. You have no right to do that. The children who are opening these accounts don’t have the capacity to consent to this.”
Ms Lagone told the court that Instagram repeatedly consulted experts in relation to its guidelines.
The inquest continues.