August 2021 – In 2020, Business Insider reported more than 20 million images of child abuse on Facebook. Likewise, Facebook-owned Instagram also failed to address exploitation on its site. Initially designed for those older than 13, Instagram is now developing a social media site strictly for those 13 and younger. The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) and over 40 U.S. attorneys general are calling on Facebook to stop development and focus on protecting children from destructive content and predators.
“Rather than building a new platform to hook and monetize young children at even younger ages, Instagram should prioritize stemming the rampant sexual abuse and exploitation of minors currently on Instagram,” said Lina Nealon, director of corporate and strategic initiatives from NCOSE.