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U.S. senators to investigate Facebook after reports of Instagram's negative impact on children

U.S. senators are taking steps to investigate Facebook after reports that the company knew about Instagram's negative impact on the mental health of teenagers. Fox Business television reported the news.

"Senators Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut and Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee — chairman and senior member of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection — plan to investigate the tech giant for its knowledge of Instagram's impact on teens," the report said.

According to the Wall Street Journal, researchers working on a study of Instagram's impact on young people's mental health over the past three years found that 32 percent of teenage girls who felt insecure about their appearance admitted that Instagram exacerbated the problem. According to the study, the feed only shares the best moments of life, and the imposition of a perfect appearance can push teens toward eating disorders, an unhealthy sense of self, and depression.

At the same time, Facebook underreported the negative impact of the social network on teens. In August, U.S. senators urged Facebook to publish the results of their research, to which they received a six-page letter with "evasive" answers to questions.

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