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Facebook Building a 13 And Under Only Instagram…

Mon Mar 22 2021

Facebook have recently announced a ‘junior’ version of Instagram is in development

Facebook have just announced they’re developing an under 13 version of the popular image sharing platform Instagram, that will allow children to ‘safely’ use their platform.

 

The news was announced in an internal company post stating the organisation would begin to build a version of Instagram for under 13-year-olds that would allow them to ‘safely’ use Instagram for the first time (the current minimum age to use Instagram, as set by parent company Facebook, is 13).

A Facebook spokesperson said the new, parent controlled, version would work similar to the Messenger for Kids App the’d already released, aimed at children between 6 and 12.

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Increasingly kids are asking their parents if they can join apps that help them keep up with their friends. Right now there aren’t many options for parents, so we’re working on building additional products … that are suitable for kids, managed by parents. We’re exploring bringing a parent-controlled experience to Instagram to help kids keep up with their friends, discover new hobbies and interests, and more

Facebook Spokesperson

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In a previous blog post, not specifically referencing the new Instagram product, Facebook noted that whilst age restrictions for their products did exist, they were far to easy to circumnavigate.

Going forward, they’re looking to overcome that with a combination of machine learning and their age restricted polices to better ascertain peoples ages using their platforms.

They’ll also be rolling out new safety features which will include:

 

  • Preventing over 18’s from direct messaging under 18’s who don’t directly follow them
  • Safety notices for teenagers when messaged by an over 18 who have bulk requested friends
  • Safety notices for teenagers when messaged by an over 18 who have sent bulk private messages
  • Making it a lot harder for over 18’s to search out under 18’s on their platforms
  • Encouraging teens to create ‘private profiles’ as the default at the account creation stage.

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