The American National Association of State Attorneys (NAAG) called on Facebook to abandon plans to launch an Instagram version for children under the age of 13, “Instagram Kids”, citing concerns about the safety and well-being of children and the damage that social networks could cause them.
In a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, 44 chief state and regional lawyers claim that social media can be harmful to children “for a myriad of reasons” and that Facebook has so far failed to protect the welfare of children on its platforms.
As an example, they cite the Facebook application “Messenger Kids”, which, as they say, contained a malfunction that enabled children to bypass restrictions and join group chats with strangers.
- It seems that Facebook does not react to the need, but creates it, because this platform is primarily liked by children who otherwise do not have or would not have an Instagram account. In short, the Instagram platform for young children is harmful for a myriad of reasons. State attorneys are urging Facebook to abandon its plans to launch a new platform, the letter said.
Lawyers claim that social media can harm the physical, emotional and mental well-being of children.
- Children are not capable of coping with the complexities of what they encounter online, including advertising, inappropriate content and relationships with strangers, the dog says. The research is mentioned, which revealed an increase of 200 percent in the recorded cases of using Instagram for child abuse during the six-month period of 2018. In 2020 alone, Facebook and Instagram reported 20 million images of child sexual abuse, the letter said.