legal experts doubt that the social network can protect children

Facebook plans of launch an Instagram for boys and girls under the age of 13 not many people like him.

The last to raise their voices on the matter have been 44 attorneys general in the United States (There is known as General Attorney and it should be remembered that in the US there is one general and then one for each state), who have just written and signed a letter addressed to the CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. In that letter, they urge the manager to put aside his plans to create an Instagram for younger users.

What do these experts in law and legislation claim to make such a request? They consider that The use of this social network by people under 13 years of age may be accompanied by mental health and privacy problems. This letter comes less than a month after groups dedicated to the safety of children and the US Congress itself expressed similar concerns.

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"The use of social media can be detrimental to the health and well-being of children, who are not prepared to face the challenges of having a social media account," the letter says. And furthermore, the attorneys general consider that "Facebook has historically failed to protect the well-being of children on its platforms".

In the history of this social network there are several controversies related to childhood. For example, Facebook (parent company) became a place where it is very easy to offer content for pedophiles; in 2019 a discovered human trafficking network operated through Instagram; or the hours that minors spend in this social network are some of the problems.

The attorneys general have "interest in protecting our youngest citizens, and Facebook's plans to create a platform where children under 13 are encouraged to share content online run counter to that interest, "they say.

Another compelling argument of these attorneys general is that they consider that Instagram "exploits the fear of young people to miss something and the desire for approval of their peers to encourage children and teenagers to constantly check their devices and share photos with their followers. "A danger that especially affects children is that" the relentless platform focus on appearance, self-presentation and branding presents challenges for the privacy and well-being of adolescents. "

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In addition, attorneys general say that minors "may not fully appreciate what content is appropriate for them to share with others, the permanence of the content they post on an online platform, and who has access to what they share online. ". The letter also speaks of the fact that those under 13 years of age "they are too young to understand the complexity of what they find on the internet".

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For its part, what Facebook alleges is to affirm that this service would give parents greater control over their children's online activity. "As all parents know, the children are already online. We want to improve this situation by offering experiences that give parents visibility and control over what their children do, "a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement to CNN Business.

This came two days after a post on the company's blog, titled "Continuing Instagram Safety for Younger Members of Our Community," stating that more work was needed. to combat abuse, harassment and other issues that occur on the platform.

Instagram does not formally allow users under the age of 13 to enter the platform. But there is no strict age verification and that leads to it being infested with young people despite this ban.

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