Facebook is working on a version of Instagram for children under 13 that could be parent-controlled and allow young people to "safely" share photos on the platform and connect with friends.
Currently, the website does not allow persons under the age of 13 to create accounts.
A spokesman for Facebook, the concern that Instagram belongs to, said in an interview with the British daily "The Guardian" that the company is working on a version of Instagram for children similar to the already existing Messenger Kids application, intended for children aged 6-12.
"More and more children are asking their parents for permission to use the application to stay in touch with their friends. (...) we are working on new products that will be suitable for the youngest and controlled by their parents," the spokesman said.
In a post previously published on the company's Instagram blog, it was stated that many people avoid the age limit by overstating their age when registering on the site. Facebook has announced that it intends to solve this problem using artificial intelligence.
The company also plans to introduce new security features on Instagram, such as Prevent adult users from sending messages to people under the age of 18 if they are not following their account, and preventing them from finding and following teenagers. Minors will also be encouraged to create private profiles during registration.
The Guardian cited a study by Australian government-owned eSafety Commissioner, which showed that in February 57 percent. Australian teens used Instagram, a third were contacted by strangers, and a fifth received unwanted indecent content via social media. (PAP)