“What I can commit to you today is that no child between the ages of 10 to 12 — should we ever manage to build Instagram for 10- to 12-year-olds — will have access to that without explicit parental consent.” Adam Mosseri, CEO Instagram
You might have already forgotten, but back in September there was a major internal case study performed by Wall Street Journal called “The Facebook Files“ that suggested Instagram is creating addictive behaviors for children that might be detrimental to their overall developmental health.
Once those files leaked, Facebook (now Meta, parent company of Instagram) said it would halt making an “Instagram for Kids” because of the widespread backlash that The Facebook Files produced.
Now, they’re saying maaaaaaybe they aren’t actually too sure about not making an Instagram for Kids because why wouldn’t they not potentially do something like that maybe?
At least that’s what it seems like they said.
We’re confused too.
Adam Mosseri appeared before the Senate yesterday, December 8th, and dialogued on a number of studies found in The Facebook Files. The effects of social media and plausible solutions for children appear to be a common goal for both Democrats and Republicans.
“And whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.” Matthew 18:5. Jesus protected children, and lifted them up as a priority for the those who followed him.
While Mosseri mentioned several steps Instagram is taking to ensure the safety of its adolescent users as of utmost priority, Senators like Marsha Blackburn thought the measures being taken are simply a “public relations tactic.”