Facebook is developing a new version of Instagram, specifically targeted at the 13 and under set. That information comes from an internal company post. (via BuzzFeed News).
“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,” Vishal Shah, Instagram’s vice president of product, wrote on an employee message board on Thursday. “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.”
Instagram’s policy prohibits any children under 13 from joining and using the platform. Instagram head Adam Mosseri later confirmed in a tweet that a version of the popular photo sharing app is “something we’re exploring.”
Kids are increasingly asking their parents if they can join apps that help them keep up with their friends. A version of Instagram where parents have control, like we did w/ Messenger Kids, is something we’re exploring. We’ll share more down the road.
— Adam Mosseri 😷 (@mosseri) March 18, 2021
“Kids are increasingly asking their parents if they can join apps that help them keep up with their friends,” wrote Mosseri. “A version of Instagram where parents have control, like we did [with] Messenger Kids, is something we’re exploring. We’ll share more down the road.”
Instagram earlier this week announced changes that are coming to the platform with the aim of “protecting young people.”