Instagram for Kids? Dozens of Attorneys General Urge Facebook to Scrap App Plans

Instagram for Kids? Dozens of Attorneys General Urge Facebook to Scrap App Plans

5/10/2021 10:47:00 PM

Instagram for Kids? Dozens of Attorneys General Urge Facebook to Scrap App Plans

Facebook’s plans to build a version of Instagram aimed at preteen kids is in the political crosshairs of more than 40 state attorneys general — who are asking Mark Zuckerberg to mothbal…

Facebook in March confirmed that it’s in the early stages ofdeveloping a restricted, special-purpose version of Instagram managed by parents for children under 13.The attorneys general who cosigned the letter raised several key concerns about the project. They cited research showing that social media can be harmful to the emotional and mental well-being of children; agued that children “do not have a developed understanding of privacy”; and pointed to “alarming rates of cyberbullying” on Instagram in particular.

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The AGs also cited aU.K. studythat found more cases of “sexual grooming on Instagram than any other platform,” and noted that in 2020 Facebook and Instagram reported 20 million child sexual abuse images. In addition, the attorneys general wrote, “Facebook has a record of failing to protect the safety and privacy of children on its platform, despite claims that its products have strict privacy controls.”

“In short, an Instagram platform for young children is harmful for myriad reasons,” the AGs’ letter concluded.In response to the AGs latter, a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement, “We agree that any experience we develop must prioritize their safety and privacy, and we will consult with experts in child development, child safety and mental health, and privacy advocates to inform it. We also look forward to working with legislators and regulators, including the nation’s attorneys general. In addition, we commit today to not showing ads in any Instagram experience we develop for people under the age of 13.” headtopics.com

The “Instagram for Kids” app would fall under the U.S.’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, a federal law that bars internet services from collecting data from kids under 13.Facebook launched the Messenger Kids app for kids under 13 in 2017 — and the product immediately drew concern from consumer-privacy advocates. In 2019, a bug in Messenger Kids let children to join groups with strangers, The Verge reported; Facebook at the time said the glitch affected only a “small number of group chats.”

According to Instagram, it’s developing new artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to help it detect individual users’ ages. Despite its requirement that users be at least 13, “we know that young people can lie about their date of birth,” Instagram said in a recent blog post. “We want to do more to stop this from happening, but verifying people’s age online is complex and something many in our industry are grappling with.”

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Not a good idea. That will be an attraction for pedophiles and human trafficking.

40 state attorneys general ask Facebook to drop plan for Instagram for kids, citing 'predators'The group of bipartisan attorneys general said kids under the age of 13 are 'too young to navigate the complexities of what they encounter online,' which includes predators. I think it's a great idea, I sensor a lot of stuff for kids. For different age groups its kind of great, would rather your minor be friends with people there age than adults that link to things such as playstation.

More than 40 attorneys general urge Facebook to stop plans for an Instagram for kidsMore than 40 attorneys general send a letter to Mark Zuckerberg asking Facebook to scrap plans for an Instagram intended for younger users, citing health and privacy concerns Has more money than he could spend in multiple lives which fortunately for the rest of us he will not get, but still just has to get more. Like Trump and indeed most villains' Zuck just wants more and then some more and then...In a world where for most enough is a challenge. Cần tìm ai đó để trò chuyện Zuckerberg stop coming to Kauai we don’t need you!!!

State AGs urge Facebook to cancel Instagram for younger kidsA group of 40 state attorneys general is urging Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to abandon plans to launch a version of Instagram for children under the age of 13. So much for the free market. I'm genuinley at a loss. Zuckerberg went to Harvard right? How could he so deliberately obtuse? 'Pedophiles Run Amok on Kiddiegram' will be the headline. No phone for kids

AGs urge Facebook to drop 'Instagram for kids' proposalAttorneys general from across the U.S. have written to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg urging him to drop company plans for a version of Instagram for children under the age of 13 Combine Instagram for kids with iPhone & the zombie apocalypse will truly be with us. iPhone is cool.. interactive, addictive.. ya wonder why? I am looking for new, good friends

State attorneys general express safety concerns as Facebook plans to build Instagram for kids44 State Attorneys General are joining together to urge Facebook to abandon plans for an Instagram for kids. They expressed concerns about children’s physical and mental health safety online and uncertainty about Facebook’s ability to “protect the safety and privacy of children on its platform.” Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring and Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost weigh in on the backlash Facebook is receiving. .Facebook where on earth does this make any sense? Let kids be kids... leave them alone