Facebook pauses Instagram Kids app after pushback to give them 'time to work with parents and experts'

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Facebook has announced that it is pausing its Instagram Kids project following criticism from child protection authorities and legislators. Instagram's...
Facebook has announced that it is pausing its Instagram Kids project following criticism from child protection authorities and legislators.

Instagram's parent company said that building the new app, meant for children aged under 13, was "the right thing to do" but that it is now going to re-evaluate the project.

It follows a series of stories by the Wall Street Journal, which Facebook has responded to, that reported internal research at Instagram found the platform was harmful for the well-being of teen girls.

Facebook has responded to these stories, the first time denying that it "conducts research and then systematically and wilfully ignores it if the findings are inconvenient for the company" as it paraphrased the reports.

The second response, published this weekend, said that contrary to the newspaper's report, internal research found teenage girls said the platform made them feel better rather than worse on 11 out of 12 well-being issues.

The initial aim with the Instagram Kids app was to "address an important problem seen across our industry: kids are getting phones younger and younger, misrepresenting their age, and downloading apps that are meant for…
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