Facebook has vowed to continue considering the launch of its Instagram photo app for young children despite a call from more than 40 lawyers to resign.
In bipartisan the letter is written to senior Mark Zuckerberg, all 44 lawmakers have asked social media to abandon their plans to set up an Instagram for under-13s, citing concerns that social media is detrimental to children’s health.
The group also said that Facebook had previously “failed to protect the security and privacy of children on its platforms”.
“The children’s Instagram platform is dangerous for many reasons. The attorneys are urging Facebook to abandon their idea of launching the new platform, “the letter said.
In a statement, Facebook said it would continue with the plans but would work with legislators to address their concerns.
“As every parent knows, kids are on the Internet all the time, whether adults want it or not. We want to address this by providing experiences that allow parents to see and control what their children are doing, ”Facebook said.
“We are enhancing this experience by consulting with experts on child development, child protection and mental health, as well as privacy protection. We look forward to working with lawmakers and regulators, including all lawyers in the country.”
Facebook wants to launch this new app, which Bloomberg says is known for Instagram teens, met with immediate repercussions from child advocates and politicians after their release in March.
When the US Embassy heard that month, Zuckerberg and his fellow media supervisors, Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Google’s Sundar Photosi, met with the number of cases that their platforms are deliberately designed for young people to quickly exploit their children, track children online and put them at risk with predators.
In a letter Monday, the lawyers said the Messenger for Kids Facebook app, launched in 2017, was found to contain a “serious flaw” that allows children to socialize with strangers without their parents’ permission. What was wrong then he fixed it.
Facebook has said that filming its social networking programs and other parenting tips can protect young people who may have more opportunities if they lie about their age to get on the big stage.
Facebook on Monday said the company had “committed itself to not posting any Instagram ads we make to people under 13”.