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Facebook Unveils New Controls For Kids Using Its Platforms

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FILE - In this June 4, 2012, file photo, an unidentified 11-year-old girl logs into Facebook on her iPhone at her home in Palo Alto, Calif. Facebook, in the aftermath of damning testimony that its platforms harm children, will be introducing several features including prompting teens to take a break using its photo sharing app Instagram, and “nudging" teens if they are repeatedly looking at the same content that's not conducive to their well-being. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

(AP) — Facebook, in the aftermath of damning testimony that its platforms harm children, will be introducing several features including prompting teens using its photo sharing app Instagram to take a break, and nudging them if they repeatedly look at the same content that’s not conducive to their well-being.

The Menlo Park, California-based Facebook is also planning to introduce new controls for parents or guardians of teens on an optional basis so that adults can supervise what their teens are doing online.

This comes after Facebook announced late last month that it was pausing work on its Instagram for Kids project. But critics say they are skeptical that the new features would be effective and that the plans lack details.

 

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