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Facebook putting the brakes on Instagram for kids…

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: A person poses with an iPhone displaying the Instagram logo on August 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Facebook has decided to wait on the idea of a Instagram for kids. The app was being designed for kids under the age of 13 in mind, but lawmakers are concerned about the impact the photo-sharing service has with teen girls. The efforts are not being completely stopped, but rather on “pause” for now, says Adam Mosseri the head of Instagram. “This will give us time to work with parents, experts, policymakers and regulators, to listen to their concerns, and to demonstrate the value and importance of this project for younger teens online today.” This announcement comes days before the U.S. Senate holds a “Protecting Kids Online: Facebook, Instagram and Mental Health Harms” hearing. Instagram is working on optional parental controls to accounts of users 13 and older.


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