Facebook, which confronted sharp criticism from lawmakers and customers for its plan to develop an Instagram for kids, introduced Monday it is pausing work on the undertaking.
“While we believe building ‘Instagram Kids’ is the right thing to do, Instagram, and its parent company Facebook, will re-evaluate the project at a later date. In the interim Instagram will continue to focus on teen safety and expanding parental supervision features for teens,” the corporate stated in a press release.
Instagram head Adam Mosseri stated the app was meant for youngsters ages 10 to 12.
The pause comes after an explosive Wall Street Journal report confirmed Facebook repeatedly discovered its Instagram app is dangerous to many youngsters. The Journal cited Facebook research over the previous three years that examined how Instagram impacts its younger consumer base, with teenage women being most notably harmed.
One inside Facebook presentation stated that amongst teenagers who reported suicidal ideas, 13% of British customers and 6% of American customers traced the problem to Instagram.
The report led lawmakers to readdress their issues over the social media app. Just after the information broke, representatives on each side of the aisle demanded solutions from Facebook. Rep. Lori Trahan, D-Mass., additionally referred to as on Facebook to abandon its Instagram for kids efforts.
Trahan and Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., responded to Facebook’s choice on Monday and stated the corporate wants to scrap its plans totally.
“We are pleased that Facebook has heeded our calls to stop plowing ahead with its plans to launch a version of Instagram for children. A ‘pause’ is insufficient, however,” the lawmakers stated in a press release. “Facebook has completely forfeited the benefit of the doubt when it comes to protecting young people online and it must completely abandon this project.”
Antigone Davis, Facebook’s world head of security, will testify earlier than the Senate Commerce subcommittee on client safety on Thursday.
“Critics of ‘Instagram Kids’ will see this as an acknowledgment 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,” he stated. Instagram will pause its work to handle issues with mother and father, specialists, policymakers and regulators.
Instagram will even work on increasing its parental controls to teen accounts.
“These new features, which parents and teens can opt into, will give parents the tools to meaningfully shape their teen’s experience,” Mosseri stated.