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Facebook grilled in Senate hearing over teen mental health

Facebook recently published two slide decks in an attempt to contextualize the documents that The Wall Street Journal published this month, which reported evidence that the company is aware of its negative impact on teen mental health. These documents were released in anticipation of today’s Senate hearing on the mental health harms of Facebook and Instagram.

Members of the Senate’s consumer protection subcommittee summoned Antigone Davis, Facebook’s global head of safety, Thursday as scrutiny intensified following a report in the Wall Street Journal citing the company’s internal research that 1 in 3 teenagers said Instagram made their body image issues worse.

“It is powerful, gripping riveting evidence that Facebook knows the harmful effects of its site on children, and that it has concealed those facts and findings,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., chairman of the subcommittee.

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