Leaked documents reveal Facebook is aware that Instagram is mentally harmful and toxic to teenage girls

Leaked documents reveal Facebook is aware that Instagram is mentally harmful and toxic to teenage girls



Social media company, Facebook, has repeatedly found that its photo-sharing app is mentally harmful and toxic to a significant percentage of teenagers, according to a new report.



According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Facebook conducted internal studies over the past three years that examined how Instagram affects its young user base, with the study finding out that teenage girls are the most notably harmed.





One internal Facebook presentation said that among teens who reported suicidal thoughts, 13% of British users and 6% of American users traced the issue to Instagram.




"Thirty-two percent of teen girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse," the researchers reportedly wrote. Facebook also reportedly found that 14% of boys in the U.S. said Instagram made them feel worse about themselves.





While Facebook concluded that a large percentage of teenagers aren't negatively harmed by Instagram, according to the Journal, the features that the social media company identified as the most harmful are part of its key makeup like it's explore page and it's filter features.




According to the report, researchers warned Instagram's Explore page, which serves users selected posts from a wide range of accounts, can push users into content that can be harmful.Latest Post
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