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Facebook 's on Instagram have reportedly raised serious concerns about the impact of the photo sharing app on adolescent mental health.
In studies conducted over the past three years, Facebook researchers have found that Instagram is "harmful to a significant percentage " of young users, especially teenage girls, a "The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday . in 2019 reportedly revealed that Instagram worsened the body image problem for one in three teenage girls. The teens also said that Instagram had increased rates of anxiety and depression, reportedthe Journal, citing internal company documents.
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On Tuesday, Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, said sticks to her research to understand the experiences of young people with the app.
" The question that worries many people is whether the media social are good or bad for people, "wrote Karina Newton, public policy manager at Instagram, in a blog post. " Research on this is mixed; it can be both. At Instagram, we take a look at the benefits and risks of what we do. "
Newton added that Instagram has done " extensive work on harassment, suicide, self-harm and eating disorders "formake the app a safe place for everyone. The company is also focusing on tackling negative social comparisons and body image, Newton said, and is developing ways to "jump if we see people dwell on certain types of content. " "
For years people have called apps like Instagram for of "harming people's mental well-being . Instagram has been criticized by users, advocacy groups and lawmakers for harboring " harmful content and promoting anxiety and depression, especially among younger audiences . Earlier this year, reports revealed Instagram "plans to launch a platform for children under 13 .
The Instagram search is part of a " internal communications "reviewed by the Journal. On Monday, the Journal reported that Facebook "has exempted millions of high profile users , including celebrities and politicians, from some or all of its community standards in part of a program called XCheck. A Facebook spokesperson said the program aimed to give certain Facebook pages a "second layer of scrutiny to make sure we applied our policies correctly.