Originally posted on CNBC by Laura Feiner
More than 40 attorneys general ask Facebook to abandon plans to build Instagram for kids
Attorneys general from 44 states and territories urged Facebook to abandon its plans to create an Instagram service for kids under the age of 13, citing detrimental health effects of social media on kids and Facebook’s reportedly checkered past of protecting children on its platform.
Monday’s letter follows questioning from federal lawmakers who have also expressed concern over social media’s impact on children. The topic was a major theme that emerged from lawmakers at a House hearing in March with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey. Republican staff for that committee later highlighted online protection for kids as the main principle lawmakers should consider in their legislation.
BuzzFeed News reported in March that Facebook had been exploring creating an Instagram service for children, based on internal documents it obtained.
Protecting children from harm online appears to be one of the rare motivators both Democrats and Republicans can agree on, which puts additional pressure on any company creating an online service for kids…
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