An advocacy group called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (Mark Zuckerberg) on Thursday not to create a photo-sharing app Instagram for children under 13, because doing so puts them at “great risk.”
The CCFC’s letter to Zuckerberg comes at a time when the world’s largest social network is being criticized for amplifying misinformation on its platform globally while also exposing children to inappropriate materials.
Facebook did not immediately respond to Reuters’ request for comment.
The CCFC said that Instagram used the fear of teenagers to constantly miss their devices in order to seek approval and upload pictures, adding that the platform’s continued focus on appearance and self-expression would challenge the privacy and well-being of teenagers.
The letter said: “While collecting valuable family data and cultivating a new generation of Instagram users may be beneficial to Facebook, it may increase the use of Instagram by young children who are particularly vulnerable to platform manipulation and exploitation.”
CCFC is a non-profit organization. It believes that marketing activities aimed at children and the excessive screening time it encourages will harm the healthy development of children, and it is committed to ending marketing activities to children.
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