Lawmakers demand answers from Zuckerberg after investigation finds Instagram is toxic for teen girls

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Lawmakers across each and every parties and chambers of Congress are annoying answers from Facebook about how its companies affect the mental properly being of formative years and formative years.

The questions are accessible the wake of a Wall Freeway Journal portray Tuesday that stumbled on within reports at Facebook had definite that its Instagram social network had a serious damaging affect on teenage girls.

The portray published Facebook’s awareness of this affect, including an within presentation that acknowledged 32% of teenybopper girls acknowledged Instagram made them actually feel even worse after they were feeling heinous about their our bodies.

Instagram’s head of public protection Karina Newton spoke back to the portray in a weblog post, asserting the company is taking a glimpse into ways to handbook users to different kinds of order material, in want to fixating on extra body image-focused posts that would possibly possibly possibly lead to damaging self-comparisons.

Now, a team of Democrats from each and every homes of Congress is asking Facebook CEO Designate Zuckerberg for answers in a letter dated Wednesday. To boot, leaders of the Senate Commerce subcommittee on particular person protection, Sens. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., announced a probe into Facebook over the allegations.

The senators acknowledged Tuesday they are “in contact with a Facebook whistleblower and would possibly possibly possibly use every resource at our disposal to review what Facebook knew and after they knew it — including looking out for further paperwork and pursuing peek testimony.”

Facebook CEO Designate Zuckerberg speaks about Instagram for the length of a press event at Facebook headquarters.

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In their letter to Zuckerberg, Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., and Reps. Kathy Castor, D-Fla., and Lori Trahan, D-Mass., called on Facebook to abandon its plans to launch a version of Instagram for formative years. The three lawmakers were vocal advocates for formative years’s privacy and properly being protection on-line and beget beforehand been serious of Facebook’s exploration of this sort of platform.

The lawmakers also requested within the letter whether Zuckerberg had reviewed the within reports on formative years’s mental properly being affect from Instagram that were referenced within the Journal portray. They requested for an replace on Facebook’s plans for a formative years-focused platform and for within and external commissioned analysis on the mental properly being of its formative years and teenage users.

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