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Facebook is developing a version of Instagram that's specifically aimed at children under 13, according to an internal company post (via BuzzFeed News).

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"I'm excited to announce that going forward, we have identified youth work as a priority for Instagram and have added it to our H1 priority list," Vishal Shah, Instagram's vice president of product, wrote on an employee message board on Thursday. "We will be building a new youth pillar within the Community Product Group to focus on two things: (a) accelerating our integrity and privacy work to ensure the safest possible experience for teens and (b) building a version of Instagram that allows people under the age of 13 to safely use Instagram for the first time."
Instagram's policy prohibits kids under 13 from using the platform. Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri later confirmed in a tweet that a version of the popular photo sharing app is "something we're exploring."

"Kids are increasingly asking their parents if they can join apps that help them keep up with their friends," wrote Mosseri. "A version of Instagram where parents have control, like we did [with] Messenger Kids, is something we're exploring. We'll share more down the road."

The news follows a blog post from Instagram earlier this week in which the Facebook-owned company described changes coming to the platform with the aim of "protecting young people."

In the post, Instagram admitted that some young users "can lie about their date of birth," when signing up to the platform, and said it now asks some new users for a form of age verification, but the post didn't mention its work on a distinct platform specifically for children.

In 2017, Facebook launched Messenger Kids, which is aimed at children between the ages of 6 and 12. Following the launch, several children's health advocates called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to discontinue the product, citing research that "excessive use of digital devices and social media is harmful to children and teens, making it very likely this new app will undermine children's healthy development."

Facebook said it had consulted multiple experts during the app's development, although a Wired report later revealed that the company had financial relationships with many of the people and organizations that advised on the product.

In 2019, The Verge reported on a bug in Messenger Kids that allowed children to join groups with strangers. Facebook soon acted to resolve the issue, claiming it had only affected a "small number of group chats."

Article Link: Facebook Is Developing a Version of Instagram for Children Under 13
 
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djcerla

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In 2017, following the launch (of YouTube Kids), several children's health advocates called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to discontinue the product citing "excessive use of digital devices and social media is harmful to children and teens, making it very likely this new app will undermine children's healthy development."
Aaah... the good ol' Pre-Covid world.
 

PBG4 Dude

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Stamina - learn machine language.

Disclaimer - I have coded for a living, but not in machine language / machine code. That did not look like fun.
I like ASM because it teaches you about the processor you’re using. You need to know the number of available registers, math units; how long read/writes to RAM take, etc. It’s pretty neat, IMO.

Though I figured growing up in the 70s/80s maybe Pascal or Logo would’ve received a mention.

Edit: ninja’d on the Pascal notion
 

Captain Trips

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I like ASM because it teaches you about the processor you’re using. You need to know the number of available registers, math units; how long read/writes to RAM take, etc. It’s pretty neat, IMO.

Though I figured growing up in the 70s/80s maybe Pascal or Logo would’ve received a mention.
Oh, absolutely - Assembly (thank you, that was the name I was forgetting) seemed like a vey low level language that would force you to learn a lot about the underlying hardware.

I did learn Pascal in college but never had a chance to use it.
 

Captain Trips

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I thought you couldn't have accounts for kids 13 and under? Zuck just trying his hardest to get data on every human.
Well, in some areas of the world people under the age of 18 can get married and serve in the military / militia.

"Some where in the world there are 'adults' under the age of 18 - gotta get them all as users of our apps!"
 
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Lol very true.,,and young people today will be doing the same exact thing in the not so distant future....and the beat goes on
Actually, I feel that online communications have increased the intra-generational communications in a new way; there's definitely a lot more of introspective joking going on between the zoomers and millennials than between earlier generations.

Personally I think/hope that will result in a less adversarial rivalry between them (and gen alpha etc, ofc) than what we've seen before.
 

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They would start profiling your children as foetuses if they could. A truly disgusting company.
Hah, just look at all the data that (future) parents are already sharing from things like 23andme profiling etc; not to mention all the updates during the pregnancies.

They might not yet have individual profiles for foetuses; but they do have the data.

 
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