Attorneys general urge facebook to scrap plans to build Instagram for under-13s

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▪︎Attorneys general representing 44 U.S. states and territories are pressuring Facebook to walk away from new plans to open Instagram to children.

• The company is working on an age-gated version of Instagram for kids under the age of 13 that would lure in young users who are currently not permitted to use the app, which was designed for adults.

•The state attorneys general call for Facebook to abandon its plans, citing concerns around developmental health, privacy and Facebook's track record of prioritizing growth over the well-being of children on its platforms.


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•The social media giant has acknowledged that it is looking into launching a version of the photo-sharing app for youngsters under the age of 13.

•The official warns Mark Zuckerberg that opening Instagram to younger users will put them at risk of mental illness, exploitation and abuse.

•The letter, addressed to Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, is signed by 35 organisations and 64 individual experts, including the Electronic Privacy Information Center, Global Action Plan and Kidscape.

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