Louisiana AG among dozens opposing new Instagram for kids

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Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has serious concerns about the safety of children and plans for a new social media platform.

He has joined with a bipartisan group of state law enforcement leaders to try to protect kids 13 and under from predators, bullies and more when Facebook launches the new Instagram for children.

The 44 attorneys general has sent a letter to Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

It reads, "The attorneys general urge Facebook to abandon these plans. 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."

Read the full letter here...

Landry says the risks are just too great.

"While the Internet can be a great resource for learning and fun, cyberspace can also be a dangerous place for Louisiana’s kids. From oversharing to cyberbullying, children on social media – with just a couple of clicks – can find themselves in embarrassing situations and dangerous predicaments,” Landry wrote in a news release.

He says data and research are clear that there is a link between young people’s use of social media and mental health issues, dangerous behavior and suicide.

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