September 27, 2021

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by: admin

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Tags: Criticism, Delaying, Facebook, Instagram, kids

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Categories: Parenting

Fb Is Delaying ‘Instagram Children’ Amid Criticism

Opposition to Facebook’s plans gained momentum this month when The Journal published articles based on leaked internal documents showing Facebook knew about much of the damage it was causing. Facebook’s internal research showed that Instagram, in particular, made teenage girls feel worse about their bodies, leading to increased levels of anxiety and depression, even while corporate executives publicly tried to minimize the app’s drawbacks.

On Thursday, Facebook’s global security chief Antigone Davis is due to testify at a Senate trade committee hearing entitled “Protecting Kids Online: Facebook, Instagram, and Mental Health Harms.”

Simply pausing Instagram Kids was insufficient, said lawmakers, including Senator Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat and chairman of the subcommittee that held the hearing on Thursday. In a statement, he and others said that Facebook “has completely foregone doubts about protecting young people online and must give up this project entirely”.

Legislators added that more regulation was needed. “Facebook has demonstrated the failure of self-regulation over and over again, and we know Congress needs to step in,” they said.

A children’s version of Instagram wouldn’t solve any more systemic problems, said Al Mik, a spokesman for the 5Rights Foundation, a London-based group focused on digital rights for children. The group released a report in July showing that within 24 hours of creating an account, children under the age of 13 were attacked with harmful content, including material related to eating disorders, extreme diets, sexualized images, body embarrassment, self-harm and suicide.

“At some point we have to wonder if Facebook is just too big to monitor their own products and services,” said Mik. “Because unless they can perform as promised, they cannot trust our children – until then, neither Instagram nor Instagram should be a good idea for children.”

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