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It's very difficult to imagine 'Instagram for Kids' being a good thing. Messenger for Kids is a bit of a gateway drug, getting them on FB & around COPPA. Given the myriad of challenges around identity, self-esteem and other things, esp for under13s, this doesn't seem wise at all. https://t.co/HimVIdubBF— Tama Leaver (@tamaleaver) March 19, 2021
There are many concerns. Instagram doesn't even have a handle yet on abuse, bullying, and predation of teens currently on its platform. There is also a growth aspect to this: capturing a segment of users that will then get pulled into the FB ecosystem. https://t.co/eeCBDQpUHK— Ryan Mac🙃 (@RMac18) March 18, 2021
The only people a *child* really needs to “connect” with is their parents & their *local* network of school & the neighbourhood. That is QUITE enough. Zuck does NOT have the best interests of children at heart. He will NEVER allow his own children on this.https://t.co/xuXV7pg2uN— Mike Butcher (@mikebutcher) March 19, 2021
This is low-key uncomfortable...knowing everything we do about the corrosion of attention spans & addictions that can come with using social media. Maybe just let kids be kids and don't try to hook 'em up to the crack cocaine so early? https://t.co/CQ1305nktV— Josh Edwards (@JoshEdwardsFilm) March 18, 2021
Yes. Also, in researching on insta, I came across child influencer accounts with 100K+ followers, accounts run by parents. These kids are younger than 13, yet it's allowed? I'm curious what protection is in place now for these kids before expanding the age range. https://t.co/Nlf2rKUVIO— Carly Miller (@carlymil) March 19, 2021
After seeing the internal docs, I asked @mosseri about it. He said there is no "detailed plan." The thinking was that kids want to join Instagram anyway and that FB wanted to build a product with safeguards and age verification with tracking for parents. https://t.co/eeCBDQpUHK— Ryan Mac🙃 (@RMac18) March 18, 2021
The discourse on this site about a potential Instagram Kids helps demonstrate:— Alex Stamos (@alexstamos) March 19, 2021
1) How little people understand about the child safety disaster that is the current social media world.
2) Why counterproductive laws like COPPA are never re-examined.
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