The Wall Street Journal claims in report that Facebook’s own research has found that Instagram can have a negative effect on the mental health of young people.
Facebook has kept internal research secret for two years that suggests its Instagram app makes body image issues worse for teenage girls, according to a leak from the tech firm.
Since at least 2019, staff at the company have been studying the impact of their product on its younger users’ states of mind. Their research has repeatedly found it is harmful for a large proportion, and particularly teenage girls.
On Tuesday, Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, said it stands by its research to understand young people’s experiences on the app.
“The question on many people’s minds is if social media is good or bad for people,” Karina Newton, head of public policy at Instagram, wrote in a blog post. “The research on this is mixed; it can be both.
For years, people have called out apps like Instagram for taking a toll on people’s mental well-being. Instagram has been criticized by users, advocacy groups and lawmakers for harboring harmful content and fostering anxiety and depression, particularly among younger audiences.
Kareena Newton said Instagram has done alot to prevent abusive behaviour, sucide, self harm so that the app can be made safe for everyone.