Facebook is putting the brakes on Instagram for kids

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“Although we support the need to develop this experience, we decided to suspend this project,” Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, wrote in a statement. Blog post Released on Monday. “This will give us time to work with parents, experts, policy makers and regulators, listen to their concerns, and demonstrate the value and importance of the project to today’s online youth.”
Just a few days ago, the U.S. Senate will hold a hearing entitled “Protecting Children Online: Facebook, Instagram, and Mental Health Hazards” to discuss the pressures young people face on social media today.That hearing in a Wall Street Journal Investigation Revolve around Facebook’s understanding of how Instagram affects teenage users, including their mental health.
In a blog post on Monday, Mosseri admitted that the Wall Street Journal report “raised a lot of questions for people.”exist Statement earlier this month, An Instagram official pointed out that although Instagram may be a place where people have “negative experiences,” the app also allows marginalized people to speak up and helps friends and family stay in touch.

Josh Golin, Executive Director of Fairplay, said: “This is a watershed in the growing technology accountability movement, and it’s all for anyone who believes that the well-being of children should take precedence over the profits of large technology companies. Good day.” No business childhood, said in a statement on Monday.

“We urge Facebook to use this’pause’ to interact with independent child development experts who understand how Instagram will undermine the health of young children,” Goring added. “We will not stop pressing Facebook until they unplug it permanently.”

In March of this year, BuzzFeed News obtained an internal Instagram memo, stating that the company has “identified youth work as a priority” and plans to develop a version specifically designed for children.

In May, 44 prosecutors general signed a letter to Facebook (FB) CEO Mark Zuckerberg urged him to abandon the Instagram plan for young users on the grounds of mental health and privacy issues. The letter was sent less than a month after child safety organizations and members of Congress expressed similar concerns.

The company said in a blog post in July that it is developing a “new Instagram experience for teenagers” managed by parents and guardians as part of its efforts to “reduce the motivation for people under 13 to lie about their age.”

“The reality is that they are already online and there is no foolproof way to stop people from misrepresenting their age. We want to create an experience specifically designed for them, managed by parents and guardians,” the post said.

In an interview with the Today Show on Monday, Mosseri said that Instagram is developing a series of tools to help solve mental health problems. Among them is a feature called Take a Break, which allows users to temporarily leave the platform during a difficult period (such as a breakup), while others cannot post comments or send messages.

Instagram is also working to add optional parental controls to the accounts of users 13 and older. The blog post said that more details about how this will work will be announced in the coming months.



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