Facebook is Pausing Work on Instagram kids’ App after Sharp Criticism

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Facebook has faced sharp criticism from lawmakers after its plan to develop Instagram for kids, which resulted of pausing the work on the project.

“While we believe building ‘Instagram Kids’ is the right thing to do, Instagram, and its parent company Facebook will re-evaluate the project at a later date. In the interim Instagram will continue to focus on teen safety and expanding parental supervision features for teens,” Facebook said in a statement.

The pause follows a Wall Street Journal report saying the Instagram Kids app is harmful to many teenagers.

Facebook’s real goal is to enlarge its highly profitable Instagram franchise to an even younger demographic, introducing children to a powerful commercialized social media environment that presents a serious threat to their privacy, health, and wellbeing.