Fb pauses efforts to construct Instagram for teenagers
Adam Mosseri, Facebook
Beck Diefenbach | Reuters
Facebook announced Monday morning that it was pausing its work on Instagram for children after facing a series of backlash from users and lawmakers.
“While we believe the ‘Instagram Kids’ setup is right, Instagram and its parent company Facebook will reassess the project at a later date. In the meantime, Instagram will continue to focus on teen safety and expanding parental control features for teenagers, “the company said in a statement.
Instagram boss Adam Mosseri said the app was intended for children aged 10 to 12.
The hiatus comes after an explosive report in the Wall Street Journal showed that Facebook repeatedly found its Instagram app to be harmful to a number of teenagers. The journal cited Facebook studies over the past three years that looked at how Instagram is affecting its young user base, with teenage girls in particular being harmed.
The report prompted lawmakers to once again address their concerns about the social media app. Shortly after the news broke, representatives on both sides of the aisle demanded responses from Facebook. Rep. Lori Trahan, D-Mass., Also urged Facebook to stop its Instagram activities for children.
Antigone Davis, Facebook’s global security chief, will testify before the Senate’s Consumer Protection Subcommittee on Thursday.
Facebook has repeatedly defended its efforts to attract more children to the app. Mosseri argued in a blog post early Monday that children were already online.
“Instagram Kids critics will see this as confirmation that the project is a bad idea. That’s not the case. The reality is that kids are already online and we believe it is a long way off from developing age-appropriate experiences that are made specifically for them, better for parents than where we are today, “he said. Instagram gets his job Interrupt to address concerns from parents, experts, policy makers, and regulators.
Instagram will also work on expanding its parental controls to teen accounts.
“These new features that parents and teenagers can take advantage of give parents the tools to make their teenagers’ experience meaningful,” said Mosseri.
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