Facebook knows Instagram is harming teen girls but keeps pushing the app on them anyway

- THE BLAZE - SEP 14, 2021 - PHIL SHIVER -

Facebook executives are reportedly well aware that subsidiary photo-sharing app Instagram is harmful to teenage girls, but they keep pushing the platform on them anyway.


What are the details?


Despite consistently downplaying the seriousness of the issue to the public, researchers inside Instagram have known and understood for years the negative mental health effects the social media platform has on teenage girls, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday after reviewing a trove of internal documents.


"Thirty-two percent of teen girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse," researchers reportedly said in a slide presentation posted to Facebook's internal message board in March 2020. "Comparisons on Instagram can change how young women view and describe themselves."


"We make body image issues worse for one in three teen girls," another slide from 2019 said, according to the Journal.


"Teens blame Instagram for increases in the rate of anxiety and depression," another added. "This reaction was unprompted and consistent across all groups."


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