44 State AGs Call on Facebook to Abandon Instagram for Kids

In early March, a report alleged that Facebook was working on a version of Instagram designed specifically for children. In the two months since, the company has faced repeated pressure to abandon the program, the latest comes from a swath of State Attorneys General (AG). As noted by Engadget, the AGs allege that social media […]

44 State AGs Call on Facebook to Abandon Instagram for Kids

In early March, a report alleged that Facebook was working on a version of Instagram designed specifically for children. In the two months since, the company has faced repeated pressure to abandon the program, the latest comes from a swath of State Attorneys General (AG).

As noted by , the AGs allege that social media in general is harmful to the emotional and mental well-being of children and that building a platform that specifically targets them would worsen the cyberbullying problems that already plague youths.

“Without a doubt, this is a dangerous idea that risks the safety of our children and puts them directly in harm’s way,” said Attorney General Letitia James of New York. “Not only is social media an influential tool that can be detrimental to children who are not of appropriate age, but this plan could place children directly in the paths of predators. There are too many concerns to let Facebook move forward with this ill-conceived idea, which is why we are calling on the company to abandon its launch of Instagram Kids. We must continue to ensure the health and wellness of our next generation and beyond.”

The letter is signed by the AGs of Massachusetts, Nebraska, Vermont, Tennessee, Alaska, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

“The attorneys general have an interest in protecting our youngest citizens, and Facebook’s plans to create a platform where kids under the age of 13 are encouraged to share content online is contrary to that interest. Use of social media can be detrimental to the health and well-being of children, who are not equipped to navigate the challenges of having a social media account.” the letter reads. “The attorneys general urge Facebook to abandon these plans.”

The letter also states that Facebook has historically failed to protect the welfare of children on its existing platforms, a statement that echos previous notes from U.S. Senators and 35 Children’s and Consumer groups.

The AGs express various other concerns over Facebook’s Instagram for Kids proposal, including that the platform could be used by predators to target children and that children lack the capacity to navigate the complexities of what they encounter online, such as advertising, inappropriate content, and relationships with strangers.

“It appears that Facebook is not responding to a need, but instead creating one, as this platform appeals primarily to children who otherwise do not or would not have an Instagram account. In short, an Instagram platform for young children is harmful for myriad reasons. The attorneys general urge Facebook to abandon its plans to launch this new platform,” the letter concludes.

With this letter, 83 total public figures and organizations have come out against Facebook’s plan to make a version of Instagram for kids including four U.S. Senators.

“We’re early in thinking through how this service would work,” Zuckerberg said in a congressional hearing on social media disinformation in March and noted by Mashable. “There is clearly a large number of people under the age of 13 who would want to use a service like Instagram… Helping people stay connected with friends and learn about different content online is broadly positive.”

When asked about concerns parents and groups have with how Facebook and Instagram handle social media addiction, bullying, and the effect on mental health posted by Rep. Kathy Castor (D-FL), Zuckerberg simply responded, “Congresswoman, I’m aware of the issues.”

“The problem is that you know it,” Castor said in response. “You know that the brain and social development of our kids is still evolving at a young age. There are reasons in the law that we set that [13-year-old age limit] because these platforms have ignored it. They’ve profited off of it. We’re going to strengthen the law.”


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Next MacBook Air Powered by M2, To Come in Multiple Colors: Report

If a new rumor is to be believed, Apple wasn’t done using color with its new M1 iMac series: the design aesthetic is coming to the next MacBook Air as well. Famed Apple leaker Jon Prosser, who has a pretty decent track record, has released a set of new renders that he says is indicative […]

Next MacBook Air Powered by M2, To Come in Multiple Colors: Report

If a new rumor is to be believed, Apple wasn’t done using color with its new M1 iMac series: the design aesthetic is coming to the next MacBook Air as well.

Famed Apple leaker Jon Prosser, who has a pretty decent track record, has released a set of new renders that he says is indicative of MacBook Air designs he was shown from his own source at the company.

As reported by , the renders feature several notable changes to the current MacBook Air design. The most obvious change is that the computer will supposedly be available in one of seven colors: Silver, Blue. Yellow, Orange. Pink, Purple, and Green. Not coincidently, those are the same colors that Apple’s newly-announced M1 iMacs are available in.

Additionally, Prosser’s renders show that the colors continue on the inside of the machines except for the thin bezels around the monitor and the keyboard keys which he was told will be white. This is in contrast to how Apple has designed its laptops in the past and all the way up to the most recent M1 MacBooks, which feature black bezels and black keys. The whole chassis is also thinner than before, with just enough height to fit a USB-C port.

One more note on those bezels: they’re quite thin. Prosser does admit that the size of the bezels was mostly a guess, but getting this small wouldn’t be crazy. As Digital Trends points out, other 13-inch laptops with 16:10 displays like the Dell XPS 13 and the Razer Book 13 already feature similarly thin bezels.

Prosser tends to get a lot right when it comes to features or generalities, but how products actually end up looking is where Prosser’s rumors tend to break up.

While he totally nailed that Apple was going to release the iMac in several colors, he struck out on what exactly those colors would be and how Apple actually ended up physically designing the computers. While many still hope for a pro-level iMac later this year that will look pretty much exactly like the Pro XDR Display, at least for now the iconic iMac “chin” ended up coming forward to the new designs despite what Prosser’s initial renders promised.

Finally, Prosser says this particular design won’t feature M1, but the new M2. It isn’t clear when Apple would release these new MacBook Air designs, but the company did reportedly start production on the next generation M chips late last month, which puts them on schedule for release in devices by the fall — a typical launch window for the company. Apple announced the M1 processor as well as the current MacBook Air, Mac Mini, and MacBook Pro last November.


Image credits: All renders by Ian Zelbo for John Prosser.

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