Instagram teen girls mental health harms

September 2021

Internal documents obtained by the Wall Street Journal, including proprietary research, presentations and emails, reveal that Facebook has been aware of the negative mental health impacts of Instagram for years, has made little effort to address them, and plays them down in public.

U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Marsha Blackburn say they 'will use every resource at [their] disposal to investigate what Facebook knew and when they knew it.'

Over 40% of Instagram’s users are 22 years old or younger.

Operator: Meta/Facebook
Country: USA
Purpose: Moderate mental health content
Technology: Content moderation
Issue: Ethics; Hypocrisy
Opacity: Governance; Black box