Townsville Bulletin

QUESTION OF BODY IMAGE

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AUSTRALIA’S esafety commission­er has confronted Facebook officials over leaked documents which showed the company knew about its platform Instagram’s toxic impact on youth mental health for years.

Commission­er Julie Inman Grant has spoken to the tech giant’s executives to discuss “allegation­s that have surfaced” after it was revealed the company was aware as early as 2019 that it made “body image issues worse for one in three teen girls” .

“We are speaking to Facebook … I want to be able to make my own determinat­ions,” she said, adding she did not want to disclose what happened in the meeting.

“We certainly have an idea about what we think some of their safety shortcomin­gs are.

“If you have a finding and you know you are damaging children – what are you going to do about it?”

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