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Friend of Tortoise Exclusive

Is Instagram bad for you?

Is Instagram bad for you?

This event is exclusive to Friends of Tortoise

This is a digital-only ThinkIn.

Join us for a discussion about Instagram – especially its impact on young people, mental health and body image. How much was Facebook aware of the problems Instagram is causing, and to what extent did profit outweigh people when considering the influence the platform has on young people? Instagram’s latest global ad campaign is based on the strapline that a users’ identity is “yours to make”, a hollow claim when you see the pressure social platforms put on the self esteem and body image of young people. Is Instagram inherently flawed as an idea, or are there ways to fix the platform without damaging its popularity? As it turns a decade old, with popular competitors stealing its audience, is Instagram on its way out anyway? And how have the real impacts of Instagram on people escaped scrutiny for so long?

editor and invited experts

Luke Gbedemah
Reporter

Dr. Lis Sylvan
Managing Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University

Ian Russell
Chair, Molly Rose Foundation

Kyle Dent
Head of AI Ethics, Checkstep