Right now, users have to be age 13 or older to use Instagram, but the social network’s parent company, Facebook, says it’s working on a version of Instagram meant for child and tween users. Instagram announced the project internally last week, saying they’ll also be working to improve privacy and safety for its teen users.
Buzzfeed notes the move is raising eyebrows, as Instagram has historically had a hard time preventing teens from experiencing bullying or predatory behavior from adults on the platform, despite the fact that it’s added features over the years to address these issues. Parent advocacy groups have also already asked Facebook to discontinue it’s Messenger Kids product since social media has been shown to negatively impact child development.
In general, the criticism of these social media platform spinoffs designed for kids is that they serve as pipelines to convert children into future customers. (Mashable)