Facebook Is Delaying ‘Instagram Kids’ Amid Criticism
The social media giant said it still wanted to build a child-focused Instagram product but would postpone the plans in the face of criticism.,
Facebook is delaying an Instagram app for users under the age of 13.
Facebook’s decision to pause the development of “Instagram Kids” comes amid questions about the app’s effect on young people’s mental health.Credit…Lionel Bonaventure/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images
Sept. 27, 2021, 8:40 a.m. ET
Facebook said on Monday that it had paused development of an “Instagram Kids” service that would be tailored for children 13 years old or younger amid questions about the app’s effect on young people’s mental health.
The announcement comes ahead of a congressional hearing this week about internal research conducted by Facebook, and reported in The Wall Street Journal, that showed the harmful mental health effects Instagram was having on teenage girls.
Facebook said it still wanted to build an Instagram product intended for children that will have a more “age appropriate experience,” but was postponing the plans in the face of the outside criticism.
“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, the head of Instagram, wrote in a blog post.