Instagram chief Adam Mosseri wrote in a blog post on Monday that the delay in the plan would give the company time to work with parents, experts, policy makers and regulators on their concerns, and that the project’s value for young teens online today and importance can be demonstrated.
The announcement was preceded by an investigative series by the Wall Street Journal, which reported that Facebook had a sense that the use of Instagram by some teens was the cause of their mental health issues.
In March, Facebook announced it was developing Instagram for kids. He said he was looking for parental controlled experiences.
However, protests erupted immediately, and around the same time and in May a bipartisan group of 44 attorneys general requested Facebook’s chief executive officer (CEO) Mark Zuckerberg to halt the project. He mentioned the health of the children.
Mosseri said on Monday that the company believes it is important to have an age-focused content-specific platform for children under the age of 13 and that other companies such as TikTok and YouTube have app versions for this age group.