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Facebook puts Instagram for kids on hold after pushback

Instagram has paused the development of Instagram Kids so that it can address concerns about the vulnerability of younger users. The hold follows pushback and a WSJ report that Facebook knew that Instagram use led to mental health issues in teenage girls.

9/27/2021 5:05:00 PM

Instagram has paused the development of Instagram Kids so that it can address concerns about the vulnerability of younger users. The hold follows pushback and a WSJ report that Facebook knew that Instagram use led to mental health issues in teenage girls.

Facebook is putting a hold on the development of a kids' version of Instagram, geared toward children under 13, to address concerns that have been raised about the vulnerability of younger users. “I still firmly believe that it’s a good thing to build a version of Instagram that’s designed to be safe for tweens, but we want to take the time to talk to parents and researchers and safety experts and get to more consensus about how to move forward,' said Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, in an interview Monday on NBC’s “Today” show.

September 27, 2021 GMTFILE - The Instagram app is displayed on a computer on Aug. 23, 2019, in New York. Instagram is putting a pause on its Instagram Kids platform, geared towards children under 13, so it can address concerns about accessibility and content. Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, wrote in a blog post Monday, Sept. 27, 2021 that this will allow the company time to “work with parents, experts, policymakers and regulators, to listen to their concerns, and to demonstrate the value and importance of this project for younger teens online today.” (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, file)

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FILE - The Instagram app is displayed on a computer on Aug. 23, 2019, in New York. Instagram is putting a pause on its Instagram Kids platform, geared towards children under 13, so it can address concerns about accessibility and content. Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, wrote in a blog post Monday, Sept. 27, 2021 that this will allow the company time to “work with parents, experts, policymakers and regulators, to listen to their concerns, and to demonstrate the value and importance of this project for younger teens online today.” (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, file)

Facebook is putting a hold on the development of a kids’ version of Instagram, geared toward children under 13, to address concerns that have been raised about the vulnerability of younger users.“I still firmly believe that it’s a good thing to build a version of Instagram that’s designed to be safe for tweens, but we want to take the time to talk to parents and researchers and safety experts and get to more consensus about how to move forward,” said Adam Mosseri, the head of Instagram, in an interview Monday on NBC’s “Today” show. headtopics.com

The announcement follows a investigative series by The Wall Street Journal which reported that Facebook was aware that the use of Instagram by some teenage girls led to mental health issues and anxiety.Yet the development of Instagram for a younger audience was met with broader opposition almost immediately.

Facebook announced the development of an Instagram Kids app in March, saying at the time that it was “exploring a parent-controlled experience.” Two months later, a bipartisan group of 44 attorneys general wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, urging him to

abandon the project, citing the well being of children.They cited increased cyberbullying, possible vulnerability to online predators, and what they called Facebook’s “checkered record” in protecting children on its platforms. Facebook faced similar criticism in 2017 when it launched the Messenger Kids app, touted as a way for children to chat with family members and friends approved by parents.

Josh Golin, executive director of children’s digital advocacy group Fairplay, urged the company Monday to permanently pull the plug on the app.“We urge Facebook to use this ‘pause’ to actually engage with the independent child development experts who understand how Instagram will undermine young children’s wellbeing,” he said in a prepared statement. headtopics.com

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Mosseri maintained Monday that the company believes it’s better for children under 13 to have a specific platform for age-appropriate content, and that other companies like TikTok and YouTube have app versions for that age group.He said in a blog post that it’s better to have a version of Instagram where parents can supervise and control their experience rather than relying on the company’s ability to verify if kids are old enough to use the app.

Mosseri said that Instagram for kids is meant for those between the ages of 10 and 12, not younger. It will require parental permission to join, be ad free, and will include age-appropriate content and features. Parents will be able to supervise the time their children spend on the app, oversee who can message them, who can follow them and who they can follow.

While work is being paused on Instagram Kids, the company will be expanding opt-in parental supervision tools to teen accounts of those 13 and older. More details on these tools will be disclosed in the coming months, Mosseri said.—-AP Technology Writer Matt O’Brien contributed to this report.

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'Pedophiles Hurt The Most' What are we doing? Instagram is bad enough for middle schoolers and high schoolers already This should have been PRIOTIRY No. 1 since they knew the risk was extremely high of large numbers of children being kidnapped, raped and killed as a result of their company. I teach my kids that social media is one of the dumbests things ever invented.

They can't even protect kids online now. Instagram 'kids'? Uhmmm, no. Not even adults know how to stop the habit WE NEED TO TAKE DOWN FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM AND TWITTER. New_Narrative 'Pause' is corporate speak for 'wait until no one's watching.' The mental health issues are going to be caused by something. They’re not new. These platforms are making mental health and identity issues mainstream and popular, but liberals celebrate it. Go ahead and put your confused 13 year olds on hormones.

Or kids just don't need social media period.

Facebook Halts Plans for ‘Instagram Kids’ App After BacklashFacebook is tabling “Instagram Kids” for now — but at the same time, Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, says that launching an app for kids under 13 is still “the right thing … Glad to see that Pedobook isn't happening TBH!

Just DeleteFacebook Instagram for kids sounds like a terrible idea. Instagram can barley keep up with banning provocative bots and fake accounts. How does the Associated Press explain? All the news is available in People's Daily, Xinhua News Agency and CCTV. Don't try to put words on our citizens and then distort the facts.

Pretty sure Instagram causes mental health issues for all humans, not just teenage girls They need to be put on hold forever. So not putting the fruity flavors in the ciggies and vape, then?

Facebook Pauses Instagram Kids ProjectInstagram is pausing work on a version of the app for children, its chief said. It follows WSJ reporting on Instagram’s impact on teens. De qualquer forma, essa porcaria do Facebook / Instagram vai continuar um grande perigo para o desenvolvimento saudável dos adolescentes ~ Acho so what are parents role in this? do they check their kids? know what they r doing online? how long they can be online? or just make babies n push blame on others - gov, companies?

Instagram Postpones Instagram Kids, Says It Was Never Meant for KidsInstagram is pausing its development of a version of the app designed for kids aged 10 to 12 after facing a deluge of criticism. Probably for the best instagram Why did it take so long? Is it finally affecting the bottom line, perhaps?

Facebook Attempts To Push Back Against Report Which Called Instagram ‘Toxic’ For Teenage GirlsThe company on Sunday released more details about leaked internal research, which showed that Instagram worsened body image issues among teenage girls. Go Go Markie! I have tricked (err, I mean recruited) many young ladies for my HAREM here in Uganda. Pleaseeeee do not limit Instagram, I can get some fresh (err) workers. Winking face 😉wink 😉wink Is 40 enough for a sufficient sample size? 'Raychoudhury also noted that the internal research cited by WSJ had limitations as it relied on input from only 40 teenagers and was designed to focus on the most negative perceptions of Instagram.' Please Follow my pinterest it can change your life completely.

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