Instagram working on child-friendly version of app

2021-03-20 18:40:42 BdST

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Published: 2021-03-20 18:40:42 BdST

IT Live: Instagram says it is exploring the launch of a version of the image-centric social network for children under 13, with parental controls. The news from Instagram, which confirmed a report by BuzzFeed News, comes amid concerns about difficulties in keeping underage children off the perilous world of social media.

Adam Mosseri, who heads the Facebook-owned service, said on Twitter: “Kids are increasingly asking their parents if they can join apps that help them keep up with their friends,” Mosseri said.

He added that “a version of Instagram where parents have control, like we did with Messenger Kids, is something we’re exploring.” Concerns fired back at Mosseri in the Twitter exchange included worries about bullying or inappropriate content, reasoning that social networks are constantly battling those kinds of abuses.

Instagram, which has more than a billion users, this week unveiled
technology aimed at preventing underage children from creating accounts and
blocking adults from contacting young users they don’t know.

Instagram is also looking at ways to make it more difficult for adults who
have been exhibiting “potentially suspicious behavior” to interact with
teens, including restricting these adults from seeing suggested teen

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