Why All Social Networks Should Make Kids’ Accounts Private By Default

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Why All Social Networks Should Make Kids’ Accounts Private By Default

Instagram is making kids’ accounts safer. So why don’t all social media networks do the same?

Instagram’s new rules make the accounts of kids under 18 private by default and restrict advertising to those accounts. Advertisers will only be able to target kids based on age, gender, and location, and if adult Instagram users exhibit “potentially suspicious” behavior, they will be blocked from interacting with teen accounts.

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This seems like the kind of basic protection for children that should be part of all social networks. But as with everything on the internet, it’s never quite that simple. 

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