Back in March, it was reported that Mark Zuckerberg-led social media giant is working on creating a dedicated Instagram for kids.
It appears that the idea of having their kids on a platform like Instagram hasn’t gone down very well with parents in the US.
According to a report by USA Today, more than 1,80,000 people have signed petitions to urge the company to drop the idea of launching Instagram for kids.
The report claims that the three petitions are from nonprofit and grassroots organisations including the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, SumOfUs, and a joint effort led by the Juggernaut Project.
“Teens and even adults on Instagram struggle with the never-ending focus on appearance, the relentless fear of missing out, promotion of influencer culture, and the pressure to collect likes,” said Josh Golin, the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood’s executive director. “Instagram for young children is among the greediest, most tone-deaf, and wrong-headed ideas ever to emerge from Silicon Valley,” he added.
Responding to this, a Facebook spokesperson has said, “We’ve just started exploring a version of Instagram for kids. We agree that any experience we develop must prioritise their safety and privacy, and we will consult with experts in child development, child safety, and mental health, and privacy advocates to inform them. In addition, we will not show ads in any Instagram experience we develop for people under the age of 13.”
Right now, Instagram doesn’t allow kids under 13 to use the platform.
Despite the resistance, it doesn’t seem likely that the tech giant has any intention of scrapping its plans to launch Instagram for kids.
Instagram head Adam Mosseri has reportedly told The Information that the plans are moving forward, “I have to believe that it is better for everyone involved to give parents oversight and transparency and control into kids using Instagram than to pretend like they’re not lying about their age today,” he said.