Facebook delays Instagram app for users under 13

Source: Adam Satariano & Ryan Mac, N.Y.Times (Paid Registration)

Facebook said that it had paused development of an Instagram Kids service that would be tailored for children 13 years old or younger, as the social network increasingly faces questions about the app’s effect on young people’s mental health. The decision to halt the app’s development is a rare reversal for Facebook.

The pullback preceded a congressional hearing about internal research conducted by Facebook, and reported in The Wall Street Journal, that showed the company knew of the harmful mental health effects that Instagram was having on teenage girls.

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