‘Instagram Kids’ app stopped amid teen body image controversy

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Instagram has halted its controversial “Instagram Kids” app, which would have allowed children under the age of ten to join the platform.

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“We’re pausing our project to create an Instagram experience for tweens,” Instagram head Adam Mosseri tweeted, adding that the app will be for kids ages ten to 12, with parental insights. with.

However, after the project was leaked “before we knew what it would be”, Mr Mosseri says, “people feared most, and at that stage we had few answers”.


In the United States, 44 states asked the company to drop plans stating that “social media use may be detrimental to the health and well-being of children who are unable to navigate the challenges of having a social media account.” are not equipped for.” and that there were “myriad other—and safe—ways for young children to connect with family and friends.”

Mr Mosseri said Facebook, which owns Instagram, would continue to work on “why this project is valuable”. He continued that it “doesn’t change the status quo” of kids using smartphones, lying about their age, and creating accounts on Instagram and other apps like YouTube and TikTok.

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“I believe that parents will love the option for their children to use an age-appropriate version of Instagram – which gives them an oversight rather than an option. But I am not here to ease their concerns, us It’s getting this right”, Mr. Mosseri said.

The announcement follows a series of reports based on internal Facebook research that Instagram knew its app was making teen girls feel bad about their bodies and that they often felt ‘addicted’. In 2019, teenager Molly Russell committed suicide, with her father accusing the app of “helping kill” his daughter. Instagram said it would ban self-harming graphic images from the app a week later.

“Teenagers told us they didn’t like the amount of time they spend on the app, but it felt like they had to be present,” Facebook’s internal documents reportedly said about Instagram use. “They often feel ‘addicted’ and know what they are seeing is bad for their mental health but feel unable to stop themselves.” It was also found that selfies that have been filtered and shared in stories made users feel worse.

one in blog post Regarding the findings, Instagram said: “Social media is not inherently good or bad for people. Many people find it helpful one day, and problematic the next. What matters most is how people socialize.” How do they use the media, and what is their state of mind when they use it.” company pushed back to the report again in a blog post published earlier today Arguing that teens struggling with loneliness, anxiety, sadness and eating issues feel better when using Instagram.

neither facebook nor wall street journal, The company that originally reported the research has released the data on which this research is based, making it difficult for outside academics and journalists to scrutinize the claims.


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