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Coming up on Connections: Thursday, October 7

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First hour: Is Instagram a unique threat to teenage girls?

Second hour: How should Facebook be regulated?Is Instagram a unique threat to teenage girls? Internal Facebook documents indicate that the company realizes how much damage the platform can do. Some leading psychologists have argued that we are reaching a public health crisis that threatens girls specifically. Others have pushed back, arguing that body image issues have always existed for teenage girls. Our guests explore the issues:

  • Olivia Cross, senior at Our Lady of Mercy High School
  • Jodi Aman, family therapist and author of “Anxiety... I’m So Done with You!”
  • Harry Reis, professor of psychology and Dean's Professor in Arts, Sciences, and Engineering at the University of Rochester

If Facebook is not going to regulate itself, is there anything that can be done? The company’s whistleblower has provided evidence indicating that Facebook does not want to stop the flow of misinformation, because misinformation is profitable. So what should happen next? Our guests discuss it:

  • Brooke Binkowski, former Facebook fact checker and managing editor of
  • Scott Malouf, social media attorney
Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.