NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP/WTVF) — Tennessee Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery is leading a group of attorneys general from across the U.S. to urge to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to drop company plans for a version of Instagram for children under the age of 13.
The attorneys general say they're concerned about social media’s effects on the physical and emotional well-being of children. That includes the potential for increased cyberbullying, possible vulnerability to online predators, and what they called Facebook’s “checkered record” in protecting children on its platforms.
“Facebook has a record of failing to protect the safety and privacy of children,” said Slatery. “Let’s not take their word for it that this time- and with a product specifically created for children- is going to be any different.
The group of 44 attorneys general sent a letter to Zuckerberg to express their concerns with the potential app. Click here to read the full letter.
Facebook in a statement Monday said it's just exploring Instagram for kids and would make every effort to protect children and would not show advertising on such a platform.
Attorneys general from the following states and territories signed the letter:
- , and Vermont, and the letter is joined by the attorneys general of
- District of Columbia
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- Northern Mariana Islands
- Puerto Rico
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota