Facebook plans to launch new Instagram for kids under 13

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: The Instagram app logo is displayed on an iPhone on August 3, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: The Instagram app logo is displayed on an iPhone on August 3, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images) (2016 Getty Images)

A new choice is on the way for parents who don’t allow their children to have social media accounts.

Executives at Facebook plan to launch a version of Instagram that would allow users aged 13 or younger to have an account.

Developers say this version would include added safety features that would track abuse, bullying and predators.

Currently, Instagram policy forbids children under the age of 13 from using the platform.

This new product comes after the 2017 launch of Messenger Kids, a Facebook product meant for children ages 6-12. Guardians monitor these accounts by approving whom children are allowed to chat with. They also receive weekly reports about activity on the child’s messenger account.

Facebook products are already used by about 3.3 billion people every month.


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