Instagram to launch new app for children under 13

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Critics have called out Facebook for its decision to launch an Instagram for children under 13 years old. According to reports, executives announced the move in an internal message to its employees.

Internet safety advocates believe the decision will pave the way for online predators to target minors. The report came after Facebook announced new safety restrictions in its direct messaging feature.

Russian child blogger Liza Anokhina (L), 12, participates in a shoot for her blog in a Moscow park on September 13, 2019. - Liza Anokhina is one of Russia's most popular child bloggers with 2.3 million followers on Instagram. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV / AFP) (Photo by ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP via Getty Images)

Child blogger Liza Anokhina (L), 12, participates in a shoot for her blog. (Photo by ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP via Getty Images)

 

The social media giant said it does not have details of its new plan yet, but added youth outreach is one of its top priorities. Current instagram rules prohibit children under the age of 13 from creating an account.

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