Instagram Kids app tabled amid outcry from parents, lawmakers

Instagram is postponing plans to release a kids version of its social media app following uproar from parents groups and lawmakers.

In a post published Monday, Head of Instagram Adam Mosseri wrote they will work with parents, lawmakers and other critics to hear their concerns.

But Mosseri stood firm on launching Instagram Kids, saying it provides an alternative for children who are already online and using apps like Instagram, YouTube or TikTok.

“The reality is that kids are already online, and we believe that developing age-appropriate experiences designed specifically for them is far better for parents than where we are today,” said Mosseri.

In March, Instagram confirmed to USA TODAY plans to develop a version of its app for kids, but it was in its “very early stages.” The announcement spawned backlash from critics urging Instagram’s parent company, Facebook, to abandon the project.




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