The social media giant Facebook doesn’t allow anyone below the age of 13 to have an account on its Instagram platform.
Though from the look of things, the company is about to change that. In a Statement by the company, “it is working on a separate version of its Instagram app for kids under the age of 13, who are currently restricted from owning an Instagram account due to federal privacy rules.
In the announcement made by the company, its says Facebook is venturing to preserve the safety of teenagers on Instagram, but there was no line where it mentions that they were working on Instagram for kids.
According to the publication, Instagram stated in its blog, “We require everyone to be at least 13 to use Instagram and have asked new users to provide their age when they sign up for an account for some time. While many people are honest about their age, we know that young people can lie about their date of birth as well hence, we want to do more to stop this from happening, but verifying people’s age online is complex and something many in our industry are grappling with”.
In continuation, Instagram said: “To address this challenge, we’re developing a new artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to help us keep teens safer and apply new age-appropriate features.”
Meanwhile, this release verdict isnt putting smiles on the face of the company’s users as many critics are saying this is just another form of Facebook growing its user base thus by introducing its service to children at an early age so they can “lock them in” and grip them later as they grow older.
“Increasingly kids are asking their parents if they can join apps that help them keep up with their friends,” Facebook said in a statement. “Right now there aren’t many options for parents, so we’re working on building additional products — like we did with Messenger Kids – that are suitable for kids, managed by parents.”
Meanwhile, In year 2017, Facebook launched the Messenger Kids app so children could chat with family members and friends who were approved by their parents.
However, this didn’t mean that they would have their own accounts, instead, the app is an extension of a parent’s account, and parents holds controls, such as the ability to decide who their kids can chat with.