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We Need to Hold Facebook Accountable for Hiding Data

2 26 15

Concerns surrounding social media and its effects on mental health have long been a topic of conversation. Perfectly curated feeds, edited photos and the desire to go viral — or at least get a decent amount of likes or views on a post — create a high level of anxiety in users. And while it appears no one is immune to the potential negative impact social media can have on mental health, many lawmakers and journalists demand to know exactly what sort of data has been collected on social media’s impact on teen mental health specifically.

Facebook does have this data. But surprise, surprise: It won’t share it with the public. Is this suspicious? Yes. Is it dangerous? Well, I sure think so. Facebook, which owns Instagram, recently announced a plan to expand Instagram to an even younger and more vulnerable age group. Yet, a report from the the The Wall Street Journal found the company is already well aware Instagram poses serious dangers to mental health in teenagers.

An internal research slide from 2019 acknowledged that “We [Instagram] make body image issues worse for one in three teen girls.” And despite Facebook’s halt on the aforementioned plans to expand, I have to wonder why the company’s decision-makers thought this was a good idea to begin with when they already knew the data showed Instagram is harmful to teens.

Related: 7 Marketing Tips to Help Grow Your Brand on Instagram

Let’s be honest here:........

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