Facebook has repeatedly found that the Instagram app is harmful to many teens, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal published on Tuesday.
The magazine cited Facebook studies over the past three years that looked at how Instagram affects young users, with teenage girls being hit hard. An internal Facebook post reported that Instagram provoked suicidal thoughts in several teens.
"32% of teenage girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse," the researchers wrote. Facebook also found that 14% of boys in the US said Instagram made them feel worse about themselves.
While Facebook has concluded that a large percentage of teens are not harmed negatively by Instagram, according to the Journal, the features that the social media company described as more harmful are part of its key components.
According to the report, the researchers warned that the Instagram Explore page, which shows users posts from a wide range of accounts, could push users to content that could be harmful. The app also has a post culture of only the best images and moments and acts as something addictive.
Top executives have reviewed the research, and presented the results to Mark Zuckerberg during last year. However, Facebook reportedly has difficulty managing the problem. Facebook is also creating an Instagram version for children under 13 years old.
Young users are the key to Instagram success. More than 40% of Instagram users are 22 years and younger, according to the Journal.
Source of information: cnbc.com