Sep 30, 2021

Facebook grilled over mental health impact on kids

Facebook has defended the impact of its products, saying Instagram has "Affirmatively helped" young people. The committee opened by reiterating Facebook's own research - first reported on by the Wall Street Journal - which found Instagram could have a negative impact on body image and self esteem. Facebook - who owns Instagram - disputes the WSJ's reporting. "The research actually demonstrated that many teens we heard from feel that using Instagram helps them when they are struggling with the kinds of hard moments and issues teenagers have always faced." Its own research showed one in three teenage girls they surveyed who had already experienced body image issues reported that using Instagram made them feel worse.

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