This is insane.
The Multi-billion dollar technology company formerly known as Facebook, now called Meta, is still planning on creating an “Instagram for Kids” even after they received immense blowback from parents and politicians alike.
According to Recode, during a recent Senate hearing, Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri admitted that the company is still planning to develop an “Instagram for Kids” app even after countless reports and studies show that social media isn’t good for the mental health for children and teens.
During the recent Senate hearing, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) asked Mosseri if the company would promise not to build an “Instagram for kids.” Mosseri shocked Bluementhal when he responded, “What I can commit to you today is that no child between the ages of 10 to 12 — should we ever manage to build Instagram for 10- to 12-year-olds — will have access to that without explicit parental consent.”
Blumenthal then asked if he supported legislation that would ban social media apps that are made to be addictive, Mosseri replied, “Senator, respectfully, I don’t believe the research suggests that our products are addictive. Research actually shows that on 11 of 12 difficult issues that teens face, teens who are struggling said that Instagram helps more than harms.”