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Forty US Attorneys General urge Facebook to not build Instagram for kids

A bipartisan group of attorneys general from forty US states wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg asking Facebook to abandon plans to develop a version of Instagram for children under the age of 13. "Use of social media can be detrimental to the health and well-being of children, who are not equipped to navigate the challenges of having a social media account," the letter argued. Furthermore, Facebook doesn't have a great track record when it comes to protecting the welfare of children, the letter added. Facebook's plans to build Instagram for the under-13 age group was reported by BuzzFeed News in March. "It appears that Facebook is not responding to a need, but instead creating one, as this platform appeals primarily to children who otherwise do not or would not have an Instagram account. In short, an Instagram platform for young children is harmful for myriad reasons. The attorneys general urge Facebook to abandon its plans to launch this new platform." "Social media can be harmful to the physical, emotional, and mental well-being of children" The attorneys general cited multiple pieces of research that showed the harmful effects that social media can have on children. One such research showed the link between young people's social media use and the increase in mental distress, self-injurious behaviour, and suicidality. Another research that uses data collected by an online monitoring company that tracked the activity of 5.4 million children found that Instagram was frequently the cause of suicidal ideation, depression and body image concerns. “Instagram...exploits…

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