TechAGs Urge Zuckerberg to Halt Plans for Kids' Instagram

AGs Urge Zuckerberg to Halt Plans for Kids’ Instagram

-

- Advertisment -sslate

Tennessee’s attorney general is part of a group that wants Facebook to stop its plans to create a kids’ version of Instagram.

The group contends using social media can be detrimental to children’s health and well-being, and that kids aren’t equipped to navigate the challenges.

Tennessee AG Herbert Slatery signed the letter, along with more than 40 other state attorneys general.

Facebook has said it wouldn’t show ads on the Instagram platform for kids under 13, but Tennessee Chief Deputy Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti said ads or no ads, the platform will be designed to acclimate kids to social media at a time when they’re psychologically vulnerable.

SM

“And so, they’re creating consumers,” said Skrmetti. “And they’re creating consumers who don’t recognize they’re going to potentially be commodified by these companies going forward.”

Earlier this year, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg confirmed plans for an Instagram for kids during a congressional hearing on misinformation.

In a statement, a Facebook spokesperson said the company wants to deliver experiences for kids that give parents visibility and control over what their children are doing.

Skrmetti said he sees the possibility of litigation down the road related to this issue, and points to Facebook’s record of failing to protect kids’ safety and privacy on its platform.

“I think the goal is to avoid the need for litigation by appealing to the better angels of Facebook’s nature,” said Skrmetti, “and hoping that they recognize there’s severe harm that could happen if they start targeting children with their product.”

Reports from 2019 showed Facebook’s Messenger Kids app, intended for kids between ages six and 12, contained a major design flaw that allowed children to join group chats with strangers not approved by their parents.

Parental Control Apps

“There are a lot of benefits that come with technology, but there are a lot of risks involved,” said Skrmetti, “and those risks are magnified for children. And we’re going to do everything we can to use the law to protect children. But parents need to be aware of what’s going on.”

A report for the National Council for Missing and Exploited Children found in 2020, more than 20 million images related to child abuse had been shared on Facebook and Instagram.

Sunshine Slate
Sunshine Slatehttps://www.sunshineslate.com
Sunshine Slate is your news, entertainment, music fashion website. We provide you with the latest breaking news and videos straight from the United States of America.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest news

Unravel the Complexity of Immigration: Benefits of Hiring a Skilled Migration Visa Lawyer

Ever tried to untie an intricate knot, or decipher a cryptic puzzle? That’s what the immigration process resembles, wrapped...

Tribal advocates keep up legal pressure for fair political maps

a national project on map fairness for Indigenous populations continues to fight for changes, with North Dakota at the center of the movement.

Florida Wildlife Corridor study reveals role in climate resilience, population growth

a new study sheds light on the pivotal role of Florida's Wildlife Corridor in mitigating the effects of climate change coupled with a surge of new residents.

Get ahead of Tax Day: IRS introduces free tax-filing program

Florida residents can now file their simple income-tax forms for free and save time through the Internal Revenue Service's Direct File pilot program.
- Advertisement -

The National Learning Institute: A Guide to Lifelong Education

In this guide, we delve into the mission, programs, and impact of the National Learning Institute, exploring how it empowers learners to thrive in an ever-evolving world.

Gojek Clone App Development: Four Strategies for Successful Customer Onboarding

Don’t know how to craft a successful customer onboarding during your Gojek Clone app development process? Read the blog to learn four effective strategies.
edealo.com
- Advertisement -sslate
transformerscon

Must read

Florida Wildlife Corridor study reveals role in climate resilience, population growth

a new study sheds light on the pivotal role of Florida's Wildlife Corridor in mitigating the effects of climate change coupled with a surge of new residents.

The National Learning Institute: A Guide to Lifelong Education

In this guide, we delve into the mission, programs, and impact of the National Learning Institute, exploring how it empowers learners to thrive in an ever-evolving world.
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -sslate

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you