From San Francisco-Children’s supporters around the world urged Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg to abandon plans for an Instagram version for preteen on Thursday.
The Commercial Free Childhood Campaign and Electronic Privacy Information Center were among nearly 100 groups and individuals from North America, Europe, Africa and Australia to petition in a letter to Zuckerberg.
Instagram “takes advantage of the youth’s fear of oversight and the desire for peer approval,” the letter claimed.
“The platform’s appearance, self-expression and relentless focus on branding pose challenges to youth privacy and well-being,” he said, based on concerns about predators, bullies and inappropriate content.
Instagram is considering launching a version of an image-centric social network for children under the age of 13 with parental controls.
Facebook-owned Instagram, like its parent company, can only be attended by people over the age of 13, but checking your age on the Internet makes it harder to catch all rule violators.
“In reality, kids are online,” Instagram spokeswoman Stephanie Otway said in response to an AFP inquiry.
“They want to connect, enjoy and learn with family and friends. We want to help them achieve that in a safe and age-appropriate way.”
Facebook is working with child development and mental health professionals to prioritize safety and privacy, Otoway said.
Instagram, which has more than a billion users, recently announced a technology aimed at preventing underage children from creating accounts and preventing adults from contacting young users they don’t know.
The platform is also looking at ways to make it more difficult for adults who are showing “potential suspicious behavior” to interact with teenagers.
Supporters of the children were skeptical of the proposed youth version.
“Facebook is particularly unsuitable as an administrator for children’s photo-sharing and social messaging sites because of its long track record of exploiting and endangering young people,” their letter said.
“In short, Instagram sites for children will put infants at many serious risks and will bring little benefit to their families.”
Zuckerberg urged Nix Kids version of Instagram | Voice of America
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