Facebook has been repeatedly warned of how harmful Instagram is for young girls, leaked reports show
Facebook KNOWS Instagram is toxic to young girls: Leaked internal research reports show that one in three girls blamed the app for worsening body image problems and 6% said they wanted to kill themselves because of it
- An internal survey told Facebook in March 2020 that 32% of girls said Instagram exacerbated their body insecurity
- In 2019, an internal post on a Facebook bulletin board read: ‘We are making body image issues worse for one in three teenage girls’
- The survey found that among suicidal teens, 13% of Brits and 6% of Americans said they blamed suicidal thoughts on Instagram
- The social media giant has no age restriction checks, other than asking the user to state their age
- It has a range of image enhancing filters and features in almost all functions
- Photoshopped images will not be marked as such, but political posts or paid advertising will
Facebook knows Instagram is toxic to young girls and has been for at least two years, but continues to add beauty editing filters to the app, despite 6 percent of suicide girls in America blaming it for their desire to commit suicide.
Leaked research obtained by: The Wall Street Journal and published Tuesday reveals that since at least 2019 Facebook has been warning that Instagram harms young girls’ body image.
A post posted to an internal bulletin board in March 2020 said the app revealed that 32 percent of girls said Instagram made them feel worse about their bodies if they already had insecurities.
Another slide, from a presentation in 2019, said, “We’re making body image issues worse for one in three teenage girls.
Teens blame Instagram for the rise in anxiety and depression. This response was spontaneous and consistent in all groups.’
Another presentation found that among teens who felt suicidal, 13% of UK users and 6% of US users traced their suicidal feelings on Instagram.
The research not only confirms what has been publicly acknowledged for years – that Instagram can harm a person’s body image, especially if that person is young – but it also confirms that Facebook management knew about this and was actively investigating it.
A file image of a young woman taking a selfie. Facebook has been warning for at least two years that Instagram negatively affects young women and girls and leads to suicide, but the company has yet to address it
Facebook did not immediately respond to questions from DailyMail.com about the investigation on Tuesday morning.
The slides also revealed how younger users had transitioned from Facebook to using Instagram.
Forty percent of Instagram’s 1 billion monthly users are under the age of 22, and just over half are women.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been silent in the past about the problems the app would cause for young girls.
Instagram allows anyone over the age of 13 to join the site and it puts a responsibility to ensure that the content is safe for parents
He told Congress in March 2021 that Instagram has “positive mental health benefits.”
Instagram has a “parents’ guide” that teaches parents how to monitor their kids’ accounts by enabling features like screen time limits and who can reply to posts, but there’s no way to verify someone’s age before joining the site.
Instagram claims it only accepts users 13 and older, but says many lie about it when they join.
Instagram also does not flag photos or images that may be distorted or manipulated, despite flagging material that it believes contains disinformation, political messages, or paid advertising.
The group of teens who said they were negatively affected by the app were 13 and older.
Zuckerberg even announced plans to launch a product for kids under 13.
He told Congress it would be safe and replied, “I believe the answer is yes” when asked if the effects of how safe it would be would be studied.
Facebook has not previously shared the survey.
In August, when asked for information about how its products harmed young girls, it replied in a letter to senators: “We are not aware of any consensus among studies or experts on how much screen time is ‘too much’.”
In the letter, the company also said it was keeping the research “confidential” to promote frank and open dialogue and internal brainstorming.
Yesterday it emerged that Facebook also has a list of elite users who are exempt from its strict and ever-changing rules.
Last year there were 5.8 million Facebook users under ‘XCheck’ – the program that exempts the users.