Lawmakers urge Facebook to halt plans to launch new platforms for kids

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A trio of Democratic lawmakers are urging Facebook to immediately cease efforts to launch a version of Instagram for children, given a new report about company research into the service's effects on teens' well-being.

“As the internet — and social media specifically — becomes increasingly engrained in children and teens’ lives, we are deeply concerned that your company continues to fail in its obligation to protect young users and has yet to commit to halt its plans to launch new platforms targeting children and teens,” Senator Ed Markey (D-Massachusetts) and Representatives Kathy Castor (D-Florida) and Lori Trahan (D-Massachusetts) said in a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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