The social media giant Facebook has shared various details about their internal research into Instagram’s effect on teenage girls. The company strikes back at a report on the research which was published on The Wall Street Journal (WSJ).
Pratiti Ray Choudhury, the company's Vice President and Head of Research, dismissed the WSJ’s evaluation of internal research as not accurate and has completely denied the claims that the app was toxic for teenage girls.
Ray Choudhury said that, “It is simply not accurate that this research demonstrates Instagram is ‘toxic’ for teen girls. 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.”
She said that the research which was conducted by the newspaper had significant limitations and collected information and data from only forty teenagers and was particularly designed to focus on the most negative perceptions of Instagram.
“Our internal research is part of our effort to minimize the bad on our platforms and maximise the good. We have a long track record of using our research, as well as external research and close collaboration with our Safety Advisory Board, Youth Advisors and additional experts and organisations, to inform changes to our apps and provide resources for the people who use them.” she added.
Recently on 14 September, the WSJ newspaper published a story on 'The Facebook Files' which said that Instagram had an extreme negative effect on teenagers, especially teenage girls.
The newspaper also said that the company knew and was well aware of the harm its products were doing to teens but took minimal efforts to address these issues and plays them down in public.