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Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

Facebook released more information on Sunday about its research into Instagram's impact on teen girls and said the full picture shows the photo-sharing service has a largely positive effect.

Driving the news: The move comes after the Wall Street Journal published a series based on leaked reports showing evidence of harms caused by the Facebook platform.

What's next: Facebook's global head of safety Antigone Davis will testify at a Senate Commerce subcommittee hearing Thursday.

  • A Facebook spokesperson told Axios the company will release the full presentation deck to the committee and is "evaluating how we can release it to the public at some point."

Details: Facebook's post argues that the WSJ report misrepresented the Instagram research by highlighting one negative finding about girls' body images and omitting more positive findings on 11 other "well-being issues."

  • Even in that one area, Facebook said, the Journal misread a slide headlined "We make body image worse for 1 in 3 teenage girls."
  • "While the headline in the internal slide does not explicitly state it, the research shows one in three of those teenage girls who told us they were experiencing body image issues reported that using Instagram made them feel worse — not one in three of all teenage girls," Facebook said.

Between the lines: The company is arguing that the WSJ coverage cherry-picked a damning tidbit while omitting rosier results.

  • Meanwhile, Facebook critics argue that the company's failure to release full accountings of its internal research lets it cherry-pick only favorable findings.

Go deeper: Facebook's social balance is in the red

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The leader of a powerful House committee is taking aim at websites' liability shield in a new bill that would remove protections if recommended content leads to real-world harm.

The big picture: The bill is the latest attempt to tweak tech's shield after mounting frustrations from both Democrats and Republicans about Facebook, YouTube and Twitter's content moderation practices.

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Facebook paying up to $14M to settle employment discrimination claims

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Facebook has agreed to pay up to $14.25 million to settle allegations that it discriminated against American workers by reserving positions for temporary visa holders, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday.

Why it matters: The settlement represents the largest civil penalty and monetary award that the Civil Rights Division has recovered in the 35-year history of the Immigration and Nationality Act's anti-discrimination provision.

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Mapping repression in China's Xinjiang region

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A sweeping new report released today by an Australian research organization reveals new details about how the Chinese Communist Party — and specifically who within the party — is carrying out its campaign of repression in Xinjiang.

Why it matters: Uncovering the actual offices and individuals implementing the Chinese government's genocide and forced labor policies in Xinjiang can bring accountability and help international companies delink supply chains in compliance with U.S. and EU forced labor laws.