Instagram is a very popular photo sharing app among young people, owned by Facebook.
But a report in the Wall Street Journal in mid-September 2021 claimed that Facebook’s own research had found that Instagram could have a negative effect on young people’s mental health.
The report said that internal research under Facebook lasted for 3 years in which it was discovered that Instagram has a negative impact on young users, especially girls.
Following this report, Instagram has now announced that it will suspend the production of Instagram Kids, which was supposed to be designed for children under 13 years of age.
Instagram head Adam Musseri announced in a blog post that the Facebook-owned company will continue to work on a parent-supervised app for younger users.
He accused the media and critics in blogs and Twitter messages of failing to understand the app’s purpose.
Us pausing doesn’t change the status quo. U13s are getting phones, misrepresenting their age, and downloading 13+ apps. YouTube and TikTok saw this happening and made u13 products, we were doing the same.
— Adam Mosseri (@mosseri) September 27, 2021
He said the photo-sharing app was never designed for young children but for users between the ages of 10 and 12.
“Details about the project were leaked prematurely, people feared the worst and at this stage we have very few answers. It is clear that we need more time in this regard,” he added.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the results of a study presented to the company in 2019 found that one in three young girls using Instagram had a body image issue.
The teens also said that using Instagram also increases their anxiety and depression.
In this regard, Facebook said that the company’s research reports were misrepresented, but the company has so far refused to release the data.
Adam Mousseri said the Wall Street Journal report raised a number of questions from the public, and that in response to such criticism, Instagram added several features to prevent bad language.