Facebook halts plans for ‘Instagram Kids’ app after criticism

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As The Verge reports, Instagram head Adam Mosseri announced the news in a blog post, saying that the Facebook-owned company will continue to work with parental monitoring for younger users. read the description.

Washington [US]: Facebook is halting development of Instagram Kids, a version of the photo-sharing application for children under the age of 13.

As The Verge reports, Instagram head Adam Mosseri announced the news in a blog post, saying that the Facebook-owned company will continue to work on parental supervision experiences for young users. In the blog post and series of accompanying tweets, Mosseri blamed critics for misunderstood the purpose of the app.

“It was never meant for little kids, but tweens (aged 10-12),” he wrote.

In a separate tweet, he said news of the project “leaked before we knew what it would be. People feared the most, and we had few answers at the time. It’s clear that we had to get over it.” And need to take time.”

Last week a major publication began halting work on the app after Facebook posted several damaging reports.

These included a story that revealed how Instagram’s own internal research suggested the app made body issues worse for teenage girls. Facebook said these reports falsified the company’s study, but has so far declined to first release its data for analysis by critics and supporters.

The development of a version of Instagram aimed at younger users was widely criticized by several groups.

Facebook responded to the criticism, saying that youth were already active online and it was better to monitor their experience. The company also said that it will not show ads on the new app. However, critics were not convinced.

Mosseri noted on Twitter that critics would see Instagram children’s app development as “a concession that the project is a bad idea.”

He said, “I believe parents would prefer the option for their children to use an age-appropriate version of Instagram — which gives them oversight — rather than the alternative. But I’m here to ease their concerns.” No, we have to get this right.”

According to Variety, critics included more than 40 state attorneys general who urged Facebook to scrap the project, raising red flags including research showing social media can be harmful to children’s emotional and mental wellbeing. (ANI)

First published:September 28, 2021, 5:39 pm

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