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Instagram has hit pause on a new app it is creating for children, the photo-sharing service owned by Facebook said, in a move that comes amid growing opposition for the project.

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Facebook puts Instagram Kids on hold amid criticism of app
Instagram has hit pause on a new app it is creating for children, the photo-sharing service owned by Facebook said, in a move that comes amid growing opposition for the project.

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Instagram Kids had been touted as requiring parental permission to join, and was supposed to provide ad-free, age-appropriate content.

But politicians and advocacy groups have urged the social media giant to drop its launch plans, citing safety concerns.

"We won't stop pressuring Facebook until they permanently pull the plug," said Josh Golin, executive director of Fairplay, an advocacy group focused on children.

Instagram said in a blog post that building Instagram Kids was "the right thing to do", but that it was pausing the work and would continue building on its parental supervision tools.

"The reality is that kids are already online, and we believe that developing age-appropriate experiences designed specifically for them is far better for parents than where we are today," it said, noting that there were app versions of YouTube and TikTok for those under 13.

Four politicians from the US Democrats including Senators Ed Markey and Richard Blumenthal said they were pleased by Facebook's decision but said the pause "Is insufficient."

"Facebook has completely forfeited the benefit of the doubt when it comes to protecting young people online and it must completely abandon this project," said a statement, also signed by US Representatives Kathy Castor and Lori Trahan.

In 2017, Facebook had launched the standalone Messenger Kids app, an instant messaging platform for children under the age of 13, which is controlled by a parent's Facebook account.

Earlier this month, the Wall Street Journal published a report that focused on data suggesting that Instagram had a harmful effect on teenagers, particularly teen girls, and that Facebook had made minimal efforts to address the issue.

Facebook said the report was "Not accurate".

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