Facebook Pauses Work on Instagram Kids After Teen Mental Health Concerns

Source: Dan Milmo in the Guardian, Sept 27th, 2021

Move follows WSJ revelations that Facebook-commissioned research showed Instagram could affect girls’ mental health.

Facebook has halted work on its Instagram Kids project after revelations about the photo-sharing app’s impact on teen mental health.

Instagram said it was “pausing” work to address concerns raised by parents, experts and regulators. The move follows revelations in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that Facebook had commissioned research showing Instagram could affect girls’ mental health on issues such as body image and self-esteem.

The head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, defended the concept of an Instagram site for 10- to 12-year-olds and said he firmly believed children should be able to access a version of the app – which bars under-13s – that was designed for them…

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