suspended Instagram app Development of a children’s sub-app called “Instagram Kids” aimed at children under the age of thirteen, until concerns about freedom of access and content are resolved.
Adam Mosseri, CEO of the People’s Enterprise, said in a blog on Monday that the delay would give the company time “to work with parents, experts, lawmakers and regulators, listen to their concerns and demonstrate the value and importance of this project for young adolescents (who browse) the Internet today. “
The Instagram Kids app has been touted as requiring parental consent to register, and will be ad-free and will include age-appropriate content. But U.S. lawmakers and rights groups are urging the social media giant to drop plans to launch the app, citing security concerns.
“We will not stop pressuring Facebook until this order is completely withdrawn,” said Josh Jolin, executive director of children’s group Fairplay.
mental health problems
The announcement follows a string of negative articles in the Wall Street Journal that said Facebook was aware that some teenage girls’ Instagram use has caused anxiety and mental health issues.
However, the development of the Instagram Kids app for a younger audience encountered almost immediate and widespread negative backlash.
It was Facebook Inc. He announced the development of a version of the “Instagram” application for children last March, and said at the time, that it was “Exploring a Parent-Controlled Experience”.
Child Safety Message
The negative reaction came almost immediately. Last May, a group of forty-four representatives of the attorney general of the Republican and Democratic parties in the United States wrote a letter to Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of “Facebook”, urging him to withdraw from the project, for the sake of the child safety.
In its letter, the group also highlighted the rise in cyberbullying, the potential vulnerability of online predators and what they called Facebook’s “volatile record” of protecting children on the app’s platforms.
Facebook faced similar criticism in 2017 when it launched the Messenger Kids app, which was touted as a way for kids to chat with family members and friends that parents accept their requests for. ‘friends.