Instagram Kids App for Children Under 13 Paused After Criticism
Instagram, a Facebook-owned photo-sharing app that was working for a kids version of its platform, “Instagram Kids”. On Monday Instagram announced that works on an “Instagram Kids” version for children under the age of 13 have been put on hold.
The debut of “Instagram Kids” has been met with opposition from US politicians and advocacy groups. The protesters have urged the social media giant to abandon its plans. Protesters claim that the company has failed to “make real pledges to protecting kids online.”
In a blog post, Instagram wrote, “We believe establishing ‘Instagram Kids’ is the correct thing to do. However, we’re stopping the effort.” It said that it will continue to improve its parental monitoring features. The reality is that children are already online. And we believe that creating age-appropriate experiences tailored to them is a far better option for parents than where we are now.
In May of this year, a coalition of 40 state attorneys general met Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. The coalition urged Zuckerberg to forgo his plans to offer an Instagram version for children under the age of 13.
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The officials wrote in a letter that the “use of social media can be damaging to the health and well-being of youngsters. These young children are not able to negotiate the hurdles of having a social media account.”
Furthermore, Facebook has a history of failing to protect children’s wellbeing on its platforms, they added.
According to a Facebook spokeswoman, the firm has just started investigating a version of Instagram for youngsters. Following this, the company pledged to not show adverts in any Instagram experience we develop for anyone under the age of 13.
The business also stated that any future version of the photo-sharing app Instagram must prioritize their safety and privacy. The company is looking to work with experts in child development, child safety, and mental health. Moreover, the company is also in talks with privacy advocates, to address all the concerns.