Facebook is delaying the development of the children’s version of the Instagram app – says the head of Instagram, a moral person, on the company’s blog. The social network has recently been developing a version for children under the age of 13, one that will not include awareness and will allow parents to follow their children’s activities. This development has garnered criticism from lawmakers, regulators and parent organizations – that Facebook can’t really protect children.
“We believe that building ‘Instagram Kids’ is the right thing to do, but we are currently halting development. We will take the time to work with parents, experts and policy makers to prove the value in the development and need of such a product,” Musari wrote in the blog. He added: “We believe that it is better for parents to give their children access to an Instagram version designed for them – where parents can monitor and control the experience – than to rely on an app’s ability to verify the age of children too young to hold an ID.”
The social network also cools visitors. A blog post said that critics will see in such a move an acknowledgment on the part of the social network that the project is a bad idea. “This is not the case. The reality is that children are already connected to the Internet, and we believe that developing age.appropriate experiences specifically designed for them is much better for parents than the situation we are in today,” Musari said. A moral blog even said that not only Instagram thinks so, but also YouTube and Tiktok have versions of their apps for children under 13.
Alongside this, the announcement states that “while we stop the development of ‘Instagram Kids’ – we will continue our work to allow parents to monitor their children’s accounts by expanding the tools for youth accounts (aged 13 and over) on Instagram.” The company has promised to release new tools soon.
Morals seal in a personal tone. “I have three children and their safety is the most important thing in my life. I hear the concerns from this project, and we are announcing these steps today so we can do it right.”
Legislators have passed numerous reviews on these Facebook plans
The plans for these developments have drawn harsh criticism from lawmakers who have asked whether the app could harm the mental health of young people. In May, a group of 44 U.S. Attorneys General sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg expressing concern over the social network’s plan to launch an Instagram version for children. For the mental health and privacy of children.On the other hand, Facebook claims that such a service will give parents more control over their children’s online activities.
“The use of social networks can be detrimental to the health and well.being of children who do not have the appropriate tools to navigate the challenges of maintaining an account on social networks,” the letter said. “Furthermore, Facebook has failed to protect the welfare of children in its arenas. Attorneys General has an interest in protecting our young citizens, and Facebook’s plans to create an arena where children under 13 are encouraged to share content online are against our interest,” it said.
A month earlier, Senators Ed Marky and Richard Blumenthal and Congressmen Kathy Castor and Lori Trahan had sent a letter to Zuckerberg with similar concerns: “Children are a vulnerable network, and pictures of children are sensitive information,” it said. Legislators have decided to ask Facebook some questions about the new model, such as: What data will be collected about the users who will use this arena? Who is exposed to the content published in this arena? And many more questions.
The report comes in the wake of the WSJ’s investigation into the fact that Facebook knew Instagram was harmful to teens.
The Wall Street Journal’s investigation this month revealed documents that Facebook has repeatedly revealed that Instagram is harmful to teens. In an internal Facebook presentation, the following data was presented: “32% of teenage girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse,” it read. It was further revealed that among teens who reported suicidal thoughts, 13% of British users and 6% of Americans hung the problem on Instagram.
According to the research, about 22 million teenagers log on to Instagram in the United States every day, compared to 5 million teenagers who log on to Facebook. The main finding – teenage girls are particularly affected by Instagram’s algorithm.
According to documents cited in the investigation, the researchers warned that Instagram is an addictive product and that “teens blame Instagram for costs in the rate of anxiety and depression.” According to the documents, “teens told us they do not like the amount of time they spend in the app but they feel they must be present.” According to the researchers, Facebook had difficulty managing the problem and addressing it while keeping the app addictive.
The company responded to the inquiry saying at the time that “social media is not good or bad by nature for people. Many find it helpful one day, and problematic the next. What seems most important is how people use social media, and their mood when they use it.”
Also on Musari’s blog today, the head of Instagram once again referred to the journal’s investigation and wrote: “To be clear, I do not agree with the way the journal reported on our research. We do such research so we can improve Instagram. This means our insights are often “They shed light on problems, but they inspire new ideas and changes on Instagram,” Musari wrote.