Sep 15, 2021

Facebook under fire over secret teen research

Facebook-owned Instagram has been criticised for keeping secret its internal research into the effect social media had on teenager users. Instagram said the research showed its "Commitment to understanding complex and difficult issues". In 2020, research found 32% of teenage girls surveyed said when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse. "We've done extensive work around bullying, suicide and self-injury, and eating disorders, to help make Instagram a safe and supportive place for everyone," the company said in its post. "Its own research is telling it that a large number of teen Instagram users say the service makes them feel worse about themselves - but the company just wants to make sure they keep coming back."

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