The magistrate condemned Mark Zuckerberg’s company for “historical failure to protect the well-being of children on its platform”.
Madrid (Portaltic / EP). -A panel of 44 attorney generals from different states in the United States asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to abandon plans to release an Instagram version for children under 13. “Harmful” to your health.
In an open letter sent to Zuckerberg this Monday, the National Association of Attorneys General condemned: “Facebook does not seem to respond to demand, but to create demand, because the platform mainly attracts children who would otherwise refuse. No Instagram account.”
Therefore, the magistrate asked him to abandon the plan to create a version for the children of Instagram, and considered that platforms that encourage children under 13 to post content are “counterly” to their protection.
Internal documents released by BuzzFeed News show that this request of the US Attorney General responds to Facebook’s plan to create an Instagram version for children under 13 who are not allowed to create accounts on adult Instagram.
The 44 US attorneys general who signed the letter warned: “Using social networks may be detrimental to children. They are not able to face the challenge of opening an account on social networks.” Most states and territories, such as Guam and Puerto Rico.
In addition, the U.S. district judge condemned Facebook for “historical failure to protect the well-being of children on its platform,” and cited some issues, such as an issue that affected the children’s version of Facebook Messenger in 2019 and allowed children to contact strangers. . .
To support your request, paper Citing different academic studies, the use of social networks “may be harmful to children’s physical, emotional and mental health.”
In fact, some studies even pointed out that young people’s use of social networks “increases mental pain and self-harm and suicidal behaviors”, and even Instagram in particular “is often warned to lead suicide, depression, and attention to body image.” .
In addition, the attorney general believes that children are not prepared to manage Instagram accounts because they “do not have a deep understanding of privacy” and may not be prepared to deal with inappropriate content or threats, such as sexual predators.
One of the motives of the U.S. district judges is that people are worried about using Instagram to harass and “coax” children themselves.