Instagram puts its version for children “on hiatus”

(Reuters) – Instagram, Facebook’s photo-sharing service, said on Monday it was “pausing” development of its under-13 version of “Instagram Kids” amid growing opposition to the project.

Aux Etats-Unis, des élus du Congrès et des organizations de la société civile are opposing the lancement of “Instagram Kids”, affirming that the social resources are available and not valid for “learn significant engagements to protect the enfants online”.

“We will not stop putting pressure on Facebook until it completely abandons (the project),” said Josh Grolin, director of Fairplay, an organization that campaigns against marketing directed at children.

“We think the creation of Instagram Kids is a good thing, but we are postponing development,” Instagram announced on its site, adding that it would continue to implement parental control tools.

“The reality is that children are already online and we believe that developing age-appropriate experiences designed specifically for them is much better for parents than what exists today,” explained the platform.

The Wall Street Journal published a report in early September that suggested that Instagram was having a detrimental effect on teens and that Facebook had done the bare minimum to address the problem. Facebook disputed this report, deeming it incorrect.

(Eva Mathews report; French version Valentine Baldassari, edited by Jean-Stéphane Brosse)

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