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Lawmakers Urge Facebook to Reconsider Its Instagram for Kids Platform

Lawmakers on Capitol Hill are pressing Facebook to abandon its plans to build a version of its Instagram app for kids and demanding the company share research into how Instagram affects teenage users.

Renewed scrutiny of Facebook’s risks to teenagers’ well-being was sparked by a Wall Street Journal story published Tuesday that revealed the social media giant’s own research has found Instagram, the photo-sharing app it also owns, is particularly harmful to some teenage girls.

On Wednesday, Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Reps. Kathy Castor of Florida and Lori Trahan of Massachusetts, all Democrats, sent a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg raising concerns about the company’s plans to launch a version of Instagram for users under 13. (Children are not allowed on the current app because of federal privacy law.)

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