Facebook to launch Instagram for kids under 13

Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri confirmed that a version for children under the age of thirteen is in the pipeline


Tech Desk March 21, 2021
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Soon after introducing changes to protect young people on the platform, Instagram reveals it will be launching for kids.

Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri confirmed that a version of Instagram for children under the age of thirteen is in the pipeline, reported BuzzFeed News.

“Kids are increasingly asking their parents if they can join apps that help them keep up with their friends. A version of Instagram where parents have control, like we did w/ Messenger Kids, is something we’re exploring. We’ll share more down the road,” Mossery told BuzzFeed.

Mosseri will supervise the project along with vice president Pavni Diwanji, who previously ran YouTube Kids, according to BuzzFeed News.

Adults can no longer DM teens who don’t follow them on Instagram

Ealier, Instagram announced new policies to limit interactions between teenagers and adults to protect young people on the platform. The platform now prevent adults from sending messages to people under 18 who don’t follow them.

The app is also going to start using prompts — or safety notices — to encourage teens to be cautious in conversations with adults they’re already connected to. Safety notices in DMs will notify young people when an adult who has been exhibiting potentially suspicious behavior is interacting with them in DMs.

 

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