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Facebook has announced to pause the launch of Instagram Kids. The app mainly aimed at teens between the age of 10-12 years. Read to know more.

Instagram Kids Latest Update: Social media giant Facebook has announced to pause the launch of Instagram Kids. The app is mainly aimed at teens between the age of 10-12 years. Also Read - Instagram finally brings the feature we all were waiting for

On Monday, Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri announced the decision to take a step back to approach Instagram Kids with more thought and care. Also Read - Ram Navami 2021 messages, quotes, stickers, GIFs: How to send Maha Navami greetings via WhatsApp, Instagram, Telegram

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The company said in an official statement. "While we believe building 'Instagram Kids' is the right thing to do, Instagram, and its parent company Facebook will re-evaluate the project at a later date. In the interim Instagram will continue to focus on teen safety and expanding parental supervision features for teens." Also Read - Instagram testing a feature that will alert users of service outage

The social media giant further added that it will address concerns with parents, experts, policymakers, and regulators.

Meanwhile, group of US Democratic lawmakers has called on the company to instead completely abandon the project.

Facebook has also shared more details about its internal research into Instagram's impact on teenage girls as the social media giant hits back at a report on the research after it was made public on The Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

In a blog post, Facebook Vice President and Head of Research, Pratiti Raychoudhury dismissed the WSJ's assessment of internal research as not accurate and denied the claims that Instagram was toxic for teenage girls.

On September 14, the WSJ published a story on The Facebook Files focused on data suggesting that Instagram had an extremely damaging effect on teenagers, especially teenage girls.

The newspaper said Facebook was well aware of the harm its products were doing to teens and that the company "has made minimal efforts to address these issues and plays them down in public".

(With inputs from IANS)

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Published:Tue, September 28, 2021 1:00pm | Updated:Tue, September 28, 2021 1:03pm

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