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Facebook Put On Hold The development of Instagram For Kids Amidst Criticism

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Facebook the owner of Instagram has announced that it is putting on hold its Instagram Kids project in order to allow it to have inputs from parents, experts and policymakers. The photo-sharing platform has been heavily criticized for a lack of safety controls for young users. US politicians and 44 state attorney generals including child abuse campaigners have urged the company to drop its plans for the new app which will target children between 10 and 12. Instagram says it will work on expanding its parental controls on some already existing accounts.

Explaining why the company conceived the idea in the first place, Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri said “We started this project to address an important problem seen across our industry: kids are getting phones younger and younger, misrepresenting their age, and downloading apps that are meant for those 13 or older.”

While rejecting the idea that Facebook is pausing the progress on the app’s development due to public castigation, the team rather defended that kids have already taken over the internet community because they all are owing phone, and the company owes it a duty to develop an age-appropriate experience for their protection.

Mosseri wrote further “Critics of ‘Instagram Kids’ will see this as an acknowledgement that the project is a bad idea. That’s not the case, the reality is that kids are already online, and we believe that developing age-appropriate experiences designed specifically for them is far better for parents than where we are today.”

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