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U.S. prosecutors ask Facebook not to create Instagram for kids

They expressed in the misiva that they are concerned about the effects of social media on the physical and emotional well-being of children, the potential for increased cyberbullying and threats from predators.

A bipartisan group of 44 attorneys general in the United States sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg inviting him to abandon the company’s plans to create an Instagram version for children under 13. the lawyer announced. Massachusetts General Maura Healey on Monday.

Attorneys General expressed in the misiva that they are concerned about the effects of social media on the physical and emotional well-being of children, the potential for increased cyberbullying, threats from predators and what they call Facebook’s “questionable track record” in the field. of child protection. called.

“It appears that Facebook is not meeting a need, but is creating one, as this platform mainly attracts children who would otherwise not have an Instagram account,” said the letter signed by attorneys general of 40 states. the District of Columbia and three US territories.

Instagram for kids

Technically, children under the age of 13 cannot use Instagram in their current form due to federal privacy regulations. But in March, Facebook confirmed a Buzzfeed News report that the company is “exploring a parent-controlled experience” on Instagram.

“It’s a shame that Facebook is ignoring the very real threat social media poses to the safety and wellbeing of young children in an effort to benefit a vulnerable segment of the population,” Healey said in a statement.

In a statement on Monday, Facebook said it was simply “exploring” Instagram for kids and would do everything possible to protect them and not display ads on that platform.