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WSJ reporter covering love and hate on the internet | Also uses and abuses of social media | Interested in Egypt | georgia.wells@wsj.com | DM for Signal
14 Sep
“WE MAKE BODY IMAGE ISSUES WORSE FOR 1 IN 3 TEEN GIRLS.” That’s a document that Facebook employees shared internally, summarizing research about teen girls who experience these issues

By me, @JeffHorwitz + @dseetharaman wsj.com/articles/faceb…
“Every time I feel good about myself, I go over to Instagram, and then it all goes away,” one teen told me.

Facebook knows that Instagram is harmful to many young users—especially teenage girls, internal documents show. Publicly, Facebook plays down the app’s impact.
“The research that we’ve seen is that using social apps to connect with other people can have positive mental-health benefits,” Mark Zuckerberg said at a congressional hearing in March when asked about children and mental health.
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