Facebook has lately been up to defense after a series of articles in the Wall Street Journal saying that the company has been hiding a report about Facebook-owned Instagram as it included negative results.
Facebook now in a blog says “it is simply not accurate that this research demonstrates Instagram is “toxic” for teen girls.”
The resent criticism against Facebook culminated when the company’s Oversight Board issued a statement saying that the management must be more transparent. The statement was made after the newspaper had reported Facebook management gives high-profile users a special treatment whitewashing their content so that they are exempt from the company’s rules. The Board demanded explanation from the management and said the Board would report about its discussion with the management in its October report.
In a blog Pratiti Raychoudhury, Facebook vice president and head of research, said that “contrary to The Wall Street Journal’s characterization, Instagram’s research shows that on 11 of 12 well-being issues, teenage girls who said they struggled with those difficult issues also said that Instagram made them better rather than worse.”
”This research, like external research on these issues, found teens report having both positive and negative experiences with social media. We do internal research to find out how we can best improve the experience for teens, and our research has informed product changes as well as new resources.”
”Body image was the only area where teen girls who reported struggling with the issue said Instagram made it worse as compared to the other 11 areas. But here also, the majority of teenage girls who experienced body image issues still reported Instagram either made it better or had no impact”, the blog said.