Facebook launched one other protection of its subsidiary Instagram Sunday, insisting that the favored photo-sharing app makes teen women feel higher about themselves.
The company’s rebuttal comes after a damning investigation discovered that Facebook knew of the platform’s poisonous influence on younger folks — and failed to repair it.
In a weblog publish printed Sunday night, Facebook’s vice chairman of analysis Pratiti Raychoudhury responded to the Wall Street Journal investigation that discovered, amongst different issues, that Facebook’s inside analysis had proven the app makes “body image issues worse for one in three teen girls.”
Raychoudhury didn’t confront most of the Journal’s assertions, together with that teens stated they feel hooked on Instagram.
Instead, she argued that the Journal’s characterization of Facebook’s findings on how Instagram impacts physique picture points in teen women was with out context and “simply not accurate” — despite the fact that the report quoted straight from a leaked inside doc.
“The research actually demonstrated that many teens we heard from feel that using Instagram helps them when they are struggling with the kinds of hard moments and issues teenagers have always faced,” Raychoudhury wrote.
The inside report cited by the Journal lined 12 areas, together with loneliness, anxiousness, disappointment and consuming points, Raychoudhury stated, including that, “body image was the only area where teen girls who reported struggling with the issue said Instagram made it worse.”
Even in the case of physique picture, she claimed, “the majority of teenage girls who experienced body image issues still reported Instagram either made it better or had no impact.”
Raychoudhury went on to criticize Facebook’s personal inside analysis, saying that a few of it was primarily based “on input from only 40 teens.”
Nonetheless, Facebook has used the interior analysis reported by the Journal to “inform changes to our apps and provide resources for the people who use them,” Raychoudhury famous.
The on-line rebuttal comes days earlier than Facebook’s world head of security, Antigone Davis, is anticipated to seem earlier than the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Thursday. She’s anticipated to face questions about the findings of the Journal investigation in addition to about Facebook’s plans for an “Instagram for kids.”