Date of Award
Senior Honors Thesis
College or School
Department of Communication
Program or Major
Communication, Educational Studies
Bachelor of Arts
In September 2021, Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee, leaked confidential documents surrounding internal research performed at the company, revealing that Facebook knew the negative impact Instagram had on the mental health of teenagers. In this paper, I study how the media frames the relationship between mental health, teenagers, and social media when discussing the leaked documents. In order to do this, I perform a critical discourse analysis of thirty print media articles written about the Facebook Whistleblower, focusing on how the
articles present gender, mental health, and the positive and negative uses of social media. I also look at the implications this leak of information can have on future policy.
Switzgable, Megan, "How the Media Frames Mental Health and Social Media: A Case Study of the Facebook Whistleblower" (2022). Honors Theses and Capstones. 622.