By Nadia Ramlagan
May 14, 2021
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee’s attorney general is part of a group that wants Facebook to stop its plans to create a kids’ version of Instagram.
The group contends using social media can be detrimental to children’s health and well-being, and that kids aren’t equipped to navigate the challenges.
Tennessee AG Herbert Slatery signed the letter, along with more than 40 other state attorneys general.
Facebook has said it wouldn’t show ads on the Instagram platform for kids under 13, but Tennessee Chief Deputy Attorney General Jonathan Skrmetti said ads or no ads, the platform will be designed to acclimate kids to social media at a time when they’re psychologically vulnerable.
“And so, they’re creating consumers,” said Skrmetti. “And they’re creating consumers who don’t recognize they’re going to potentially be commodified by these companies going forward.”