On Thursday, an international coalition of specialists in the field of child rights sent a letter to the president of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, urging him to dismiss his plan to launch a copy of Instagram for those under the age of 13.
They added, “Although collecting family data and gaining a new generation of Instagram users is very beneficial, this will increase the use of Instagram by young children who are highly vulnerable to the jobs provided by the platform that allow them to be exploited.” The letter bore the signatures of several international organizations. And “Facebook” confirmed that any ads will not be displayed in the “Instagram” version intended for children.
Facebook’s Instagram requires its users to be at least thirteen years old, but many children under this age use the network by providing a false birthdate.
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