Washington Examiner: Child advocacy group applauds pause on Instagram Kids, calling idea ‘toxic’ for teenagers

Originally Published at Washington Examiner

By Sydney Shea

A national advocacy organization against juvenile sexual exploitation is telling Big Tech that Instagram shouldn’t be designed for children, calling this an “irresponsible” idea from the outset.

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation applauded Facebook’s decision to pause its Instagram application targeted toward children but said the platform must “completely cancel” the entire project.

“Instagram for Kids was an irresponsible idea from its inception, a fact reinforced by a recent investigation into how even Facebook knows that Instagram can be toxic for teens,” said Lina Nealon, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s director of corporate initiatives. ”While we are glad Facebook paused its plans to introduce this app for kids, it needs to completely cancel this project. Facebook must put children’s health and safety before their bottom line.”

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