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Aussie eSafety Boss Chides Facebook Over Teen Findings

Australia’s eSafety Commissioner has spoken to Facebook’s executives regarding the explosive leaked documents that show the tech giant has been aware of Instagram’s toxic impact on children for a number of years.

Commissioner Julie Inman Grant discussed the “allegations that have surfaced” in a Wall Street Journal expose.

Slides from the company’s own research, presented internally in 2019, make statements like, “We make body image issues worse for one in three teen girls”; “Teens blame Instagram for increases in the rate of anxiety and depression”, and; “This reaction was unprompted and consistent across all groups.”

“We are speaking to Facebook,” Inman Grant told the Daily Telegraph.

“I want to be able to make my own determinations. We certainly have an idea about what we think some of their safety shortcomings are.”

It seems Facebook also know of these shortcomings – which is the problem.

“If you have a finding and you know you are damaging children, what are you going to do about it?” she asks.

“I think they (Facebook officials) are going to take a protective stance. Their jobs are to protect the reputation and the sanctity of the company.”

 

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