Coalition to address concern over proposed instagram kid platform
MARYLAND – Attorney General Brian Frosh joined a coalition urging Facebook to abandon its plans to launch a version of Instagram for children under the age of 13. General Frosh says, there are serious concerns about the safety and well-being of children, and the harm social media can have on young people.
The coalition wrote a letter to the CEO of Facebook stating, “social media can be detrimental to children for myriad reasons and that Facebook has historically failed to protect the welfare of children on its platforms.” The letter goes on to address the lack of research for this platform, such as how social media can affect children physically, emotionally and mentally.
General Frosh also says, young children aren’t ready to handle the many challenges that come with having an Instagram account including lack of understanding the importance of privacy.
Attorney General Frosh is joined by 44 other attorneys generals in this coalition.