Instagram is reportedly working on a photo-sharing app for children under the age of 13 years old. This is exactly what the world needs right now. (Extreme sarcasm here.)
Instagram rules forbid users under the age of 13 but that doesn’t stop kids from signing up. A leaked memo from Instagram’s VP of product says that the company is going to work on youth pillars to focus on “two things: (a) accelerating our integrity and privacy work to ensure the safest possible experience for teens and (b) building a version of Instagram that allows people under the age of 13 to safely use Instagram for the first time.”
The post makes no mention of concerns for addiction and collection of data in younger and younger people so we will. This is of concern, don’t you think? Parents are fighting their kids off screen time with increasing despair due to the pandemic. We do not need more apps to fill the space of their childhood. Please Instagram, just don’t.