Facebook is working on a version of Instagram that children under 13 can use. At least that’s what an internal memo leaked to the press. Instagram is now not for kids of that age, according to the service’s policy.
Instagram considers youth a priority, Vishal Shah, Instagram’s vice president of product division, wrote to employees on Thursday, according to Buzzfeed News. The memo states that the Community Product Group will focus on the work that needs to be done on integrity and privacy to make Instagram safe for teens. In addition, the team is building a version for children under 13, who are using Instagram for the first time. Further details about that version are not yet known.
The work will be led, among others, by Pavni Diwanji, who was previously responsible for YouTube Kids at Google and who joined Facebook in December last year. The leak of the memo follows a statement from Instagram on Tuesday, where it indicated that it would do more to protect young users. The service also emphasized that users must now be older than 13 years. Instagram is working on artificial intelligence to verify that users are not lying about their age. In addition, the service blocks the ability for adults to message young people if they do not follow them.