The conglomerate has apparently decided to take seriously the accusations increasingly directed at its service and find a way to protect younger users from the dangers of Instagram.
In recent years, there has been increasing talk about the dangers of social media to younger users who cannot yet rationally distinguish reality from the vision created by Instagram or other sites. As doctors warn, young people looking at retouched and set photos aspire to impossible ideals, falling into complexes and mental illness. As a result, more and more talk about the safety of young Internet users and introduce more restrictions, and one of the latest ideas may be Instagram for young people under 13. age (something along the lines of YouTube Kids). Or at least that’s according to internal company correspondence that BuzzFeed News came across.
In it we can find a post by Vishal Shah, that is Instagram’s VP of product, in which he announces this project to employees. By the way, we also learn that this one will be supervised by the head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri, and led by the vice president of Facebook, Pavni Diwanji, who worked on the aforementioned YouTube Kids and other products dedicated to children when she was still working at Google. As it reads: – I’m excited to announce that we’ve identified youth work as a priority for Instagram and added it to our list of major goals. (. ) we will focus on two things: (a) accelerating our integrity and privacy work to provide the safest possible experience for teens (b) building a version of Instagram that allows users under 13 to safely use Instagram for the first time.
The announcement comes literally days after Instagram announced new features to protect teens on the platform. Children under 13 are not allowed to use the app under COPPA rules, but of course that doesn’t stop them from using fake birthdates to get around the lame age verification system available on Instagram. The service is well aware of this, which is why it is developing artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to protect young users. For example, adults can no longer send private messages to users under 18 who are not following them. Adults will also have more trouble finding teens, as such accounts will be removed from their “suggested users,” as well as commenting on their posts, as their comments will not be visible when kids post publicly. We don’t know what changes the new version of Instagram will make, but it seems like a step in the right direction… as long as it can eliminate the problem of teens circumventing age restrictions, of course.