The social media giant Facebook, is working on a new version of Instagram. This will be only for kids under the age of 13. The news comes a day after the app ramped up its features to protect the young users from the eyes of the adults. The new policies will make it difficult for adult users to get in touch with a young user if the younger user is following him.
Instagram is working on a trim-down version of its app for children not more than 13, as per BuzzFeed News.
Vishal Shah, Instagram’s vice president of product, in an internal company post which was obtained by BuzzFeed.
“I’m excited to announce that going forward, we have identified youth work as a priority for Instagram and have added it to our H1 priority list,” “We will be building a new youth pillar within the Community Product Group to focus on two things: (a) accelerating our integrity and privacy work to ensure the safest possible experience for teens and (b) building a version of Instagram that allows people under the age of 13 to safely use Instagram for the first time,”
As of now, users above 13 can create an account for themselves on Instagram. Also, the company is aware that people lie while filling up the details to make an account. Moreover, Instagram could use artificial intelligence to determine the correct age of the user.
The app did not mention about its plans to create a separate app for kids in the blog. But the company mentions that the users should be at least 13 to use the app. As per current policy, an under 13 user should state in their bio the person handling the account. Either is should be a parent or someone old enough to handle it. Also, there is a procedure to delete fake accounts if an adult user is impersonating a child under 13.
With the new app, Instagram will make it easy for young users to satiate their curiosity about the photo-sharing app. But with new discoveries also comes new problems, so the security of the young users could be one of the major concerns for the company.
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