Facebook is developing a children’s Instagram version for children under 13 as the latest BuzzFeed News report. Currently, a Facebook-host platform policy prohibits children under the age of 13 from joining the app. A leaked internal company post reveals that the company’s most important factor in building the app is security and privacy.
According to the report, an internal announcement was made by the product’s Instagram Vice President, Vishal Shah. It was posted on the staff message board earlier this week.
“I am very pleased to announce that going forward, we have identified youth work as a priority for Instagram and added it to our most important H1 list,” wrote Shah on March 18. “We will build a new pillar for youth in the Community. ) accelerating our integrity and privacy work to ensure the safest experience for young people and (b) creating an Instagram platform that allows people under the age of 13 to use Instagram for the first time. ”
The leak also suggests that the company’s children’s project will be overseen by Instagram Head Adam Mosseri and Facebook VP Pavni Diwanji. Earlier, Diwanji worked on the YouTube Kids and Google app. The upcoming app will provide parent-controlled information that helps kids connect with their friends and discover new hobbies, according to a Facebook spokesman for Business Insider.
The information comes just days after Instagram reported on its blog that it was working to make the platform a safer place for children. Instagram said it is working on ways to improve the signature of children over the age of 18 with the development of new implant technology and machine learning technology. This will also help them to filter out inappropriate content for users under 18.
In addition, a new security feature has been introduced that will prevent adults from sending messages to users under the age of 18 who do not follow it. Instagram will send a notification to adults that DM’ing them is not an option.