Facebook claims it is “not accurate” that its photo-sharing app Instagram is “toxic” for teenage girls, pushing back a series of damaging reports wall street journal.
In a series of investigations, magazine reported that internal Facebook research showed that a third of teenage girls said Instagram made them feel bad about their bodies.
“We find body image issues worse for one in three teenage girls,” a 2019 slide reportedly said, while another read: “Rates of teen anxiety and depression to rise Blame Instagram. This response was unchallenged and consistent across all groups.
However, Facebook’s head of research Prati Roychowdhury has said pushed back on the report. “In 11 of the 12 areas on the slide referenced by the journal — including more serious areas like loneliness, anxiety, sadness and eating issues — more teen girls said they struggled with that issue, adding that Instagram helped those tough created times. Better instead of worse”, she wrote.
“Body image was the only area where teen girls struggled with the issue, saying Instagram made it worse than the other 11 areas. But even here, most teen girls experienced body image issues, Yet Instagram made it better or had no effect at all.”
Raychoudhury criticized Facebook’s own research, saying that some of the findings were “relying on input from only 40 teenagers” – a modest number compared to the social media site’s one billion users.
The Journal also reported that 13 percent of British users and six percent of American users reported suicidal thoughts on Instagram. In contrast, Facebook claims that looking at the entire data set shows that “only one percent of the entire group of teens surveyed said they had suicidal thoughts that they thought started on Instagram”. But says that “even a person who feels it started on Instagram is too much”.
neither wall street journal Nor has Facebook released the data on which this research is based, making it difficult for outside academics and journalists to investigate the claims.
In the past years, however, there have been several reports that Facebook has stopped researching that would make its site more enjoyable to use and creating a supposed two-tier system for users that would ‘VIP’ the system. allows abuse.
In addition to its main app, Instagram is currently building a version of its app for children under the age of 13, though 44 states in the US have asked the company to drop the plans.
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