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Cancel Instagram for kids: It 'preys' on children's fear of missing out, advocates say to Zuckerberg

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Nearly 100 worldwide experts and advocates are urging Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to ditch plans to create an Instagram for kids, claiming such a platform will exploit kids’ overall well-being.

A coalition led by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and groups including the Commercial Center for Humane Technology, Common Sense Media and the Center for Digital Democracy along with dozens of researchers sent a letter Thursday to Zuckerberg expressing their concerns. 

The group says that a version of Instagram – the photo- and video-sharing app with more than 1 billion users – for kids under 13 preys on their fear of missing out as their ravenous desire for approval by peers exploits their developmental growth. The experts also worry that  “automated decision-making” could affect what kids see.

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