Facebook is cross about the Wall Street Journal’s recent investigation into how ‘toxic’ Instagram is for teenage girls, drawing on internal research from the company itself. So cross, in fact, that yesterday Facebook published two slide decks (with annotations) to combat what it described as the newspaper’s “mischaracterisation of internal Instagram research”. You can read the two decks here.
However, two can play that document-releasing game: yesterday the Wall Street Journal published six (note, not two) of the documents that it used for its investigation. You can read those here.
This is all happening at a very sensitive moment for the social network: Facebook will be testifying at a US Senate hearing about its apps’ effects on young people, and specifically on their mental health.
If the senators have had time to properly get to grips with all the published research, there could be some uncomfortable questions – and that’s without mentioning the prospect of a Facebook whistleblower testifying next week as a follow-up…