Facebook’s plans to create a particular Instagram version for kids met with excellent resistance in the US. Dozens of states have written to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to opt-out of the service that would target children under 13.
According to the letter writers, social media could be detrimental to the health and well-being of children. Those who are active on social media would have to deal with all kinds of ‘challenges’, and children would be better spared that.
The states also emphasize that, in their opinion, Facebook has done too little in recent years to protect the well-being of children on its platforms.
Facebook has announced in a response that it is still engaged in exploratory research for a possible children’s version of Instagram. The company also emphasized not to allow advertisements anyway if such an Instagram version for children would be released.
It is not the first time that the plans have been criticized. Last month, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood CEO Zuckerberg also called on not to make a children’s version of Instagram.