Facebook has announced that it will be suspending plans for a special edition of Instagram for 10-12 year olds.
trick will come later wall street journal The article accuses Facebook of ignoring and hiding evidence of harm done to teens, especially girls, by Instagram.
According to this article, Facebook’s internal presentation states that teen social media users reported suicidal thoughts, with 13% of UK users and 6% of US users tracking the issue on Instagram. ..
In another presentation in 2019, “one in three teenage girls is outgrowing body image problems,” he added in a later slide deck: I feel sick. “
Facebook described the article’s allegations as “a very misguided motivation for Facebook’s leadership and employees” and “a deliberate misrepresentation”.
But since Facebook has been facing criticism from various angles, this article has brought in more and more scrutiny of the dark side of social media. The issue has attracted the attention of American politicians on both sides of the political divide. They have already criticized Facebook for a number of other factors, some of which have directly asked the company to drop Instagram for kids.
Bowing to the pressure, Facebook said in a statement on Monday that it would “re-evaluate” the project.
“We believe it is right to create Instagram Kids, but Instagram and its parent, Facebook, will reevaluate the project at a later date. Temporarily, Instagram will remain a teen safe. And on expanding parental supervision Attention. Features for teens.”
Children under 13 shouldn’t be using Instagram, but many kids lie about their age. There is a new product planned, informally known as Instagram for Kids, which is aimed at children ages 10-12 and may give parents some control over their use .
However, a similar Facebook product, Messenger Kids, became vulnerable to abuse by strangers who were able to enter the chat room.
Facebook said the app doesn’t advertise contrary to the general business model, but of course, users and their children can use it to target users as they move across the company’s ad-driven products. Collect data about relationships.
After the fanfare of its first announcement earlier this year, the company continued to backtrack on its plans for Instagram for kids as many, including parents and lawmakers, lined up to take potshots.
In April, the Advocacy Group’s Campaign for Commercial Free Childhood told CEO Mark Zuckerberg that Instagram for Kids would pose a “challenge to the privacy and well-being of youth.”
Welcoming Facebook’s announcement to delay the development of Instagram for children, US House of Representatives Lori Trahan and Senator Richard Blumenthal said in a statement that the project should be abandoned forever.
“We’re glad to hear that Facebook has listened to our call to stop going ahead with plans to launch a version of Instagram for kids, but “pause” isn’t enough.
“Facebook has completely lost the benefit of the doubt when it comes to providing online safety to youth and this project should be abandoned altogether.”