An advocacy group on Thursday called on Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg not to make a variant of this photo-sharing program Instagram for kids that are under 13, since it might place them at “great risk.”
The correspondence to Zuckerberg in the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) comes at a time that the world’s biggest social media was criticized for amplifying misinformation worldwide across its platforms, while also exposing children to inappropriate material.
Instagram school-age children fear falling as they always assess their apparatus seeking acceptance and uploading images, CCFC stated, adding the system’s constant focus on look and self-presentation are a challenge to teens’ privacy and health.
“While amassing precious family information and cultivating a new generation of Instagram users could possibly be helpful for Facebook’s bottom line, it will probably boost the usage of Instagram by young kids that are especially vulnerable to this system’s manipulative and exploitative attributes,” the letter stated.
CCFC is a nonprofit organization that considers that child-targeted advertising, together with the surplus display time it promotes, will damage children’s healthy growth, and is devoted to ending marketing to kids.