Instagram suspends the development of “Instagram Kids,” a version of the “social network” targeted at children under the age of 13 after public outcry.
Instagram boss Adam Mosseri still believes it would be right to offer a special version of the addictive photo-sharing social network for children, according to a statement published on Monday.
While we stand by the need to develop this experience, we’ve decided to pause this project. This will give us time to work with parents, experts, policymakers and regulators, to listen to their concerns, and to demonstrate the value and importance of this project for younger teens online today.Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram
First, there should be more detailed consultations with experts, parents, and politicians. “Instagram Kids” was never intended for children younger than ten, the statement claims.
In the past few weeks, Instagram parent-company Facebook and its founder Zuckerberg have come under increasing pressure after a series of revelatory articles in the “Wall Street Journal” and other news outlets.
The reports, citing internal Facebook documents, revealed that that the “social network” itself had found that using the Instagram app has a negative impact on the mental health of teenagers, especially girls. Facebook denies the reports.
Currently, children from the age of 13 can officially register an account on Instagram. In fact, younger children often set up accounts by providing false dates of birth.