The US Attorney General has written to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, urging the company to drop plans for a version of Instagram for children under 13 years old.
In the letter, the attorney general said he was concerned about the effects of social media on children’s physical and emotional well-being, concerned cyberbullying, potential vulnerabilities for online predators, and what they call Facebook’s “checker record” in protecting children Huh. Its platform.
The letter, signed by the Attorney General of 40 states, states, “It appears that Facebook is not reacting to a need, but to create it, as this platform primarily appeals to those children.” Who otherwise do not or do not have an Instagram account. District of Columbia and three US territories.
Children under the age of 13 are not technically allowed to use the Instagram app in its current form due to federal privacy regulations. But Facebook confirmed a Buzzfeed News report in March, saying it was a “discovery of parent-controlled experience”.
“It is shameful that Facebook is ignoring the very real threat that social media poses to the safety and well-being of young children in an effort to benefit the vulnerable sections of our population,” Hayley said in a statement.
Facebook said in a statement on Monday that it is searching on Instagram to give parents more control over the children that children who are already in contact with online, will do everything possible to protect the children. , And will not show advertisements on the platform.
“We are developing these experiences in consultation with experts advocating child development, child safety and mental health and privacy,” the company said.
Facebook also reported that it is the founding sponsor of the Digital Wellness Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital, which was launched in March to study the effects of digital technology on children’s brains, bodies and behavior.
The Attorney General’s effort is supported by the campaign for a commercial-free childhood.
“Facebook faces an important choice: will they go ahead with their ill-conceived plan to raise young children, or will they listen to the growing chorus of parents, experts, advocates, lawmakers and regulators who are telling them That an Instagram Kids site would undermine the healthy development and privacy rights of young children? Executive Director Josh Golin said in a statement.
Facebook faced similar criticism in 2017 when it launched the Messenger Kids app, as a way for children to chat with family members and friends.