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Facebook building a version of Instagram for children under 13
Facebook building a version of Instagram for children under 13
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Facebook is building a version of the photo-sharing tool Instagram specifically for children under the age of 13, an effort to get its popular products into the hands of the next generation of internet users. Instagram, bought by Facebook almost a decade ago for $1 billion, has become one of its most popular products at a time when its main social networking property has failed to resonate with some younger users.

The new project will be overseen by the head of Instagram, Adam Mosseri and led by Vice President Pavni Diwanji. BuzzFeed notes that Instagram had just this week published a blog post addressing bullying among its younger teenage users. "To address this challenge, we're developing new artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to help us keep teens safer and apply new age-appropriate features."

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Instagram launches TikTok clone "Reels" in Germany and France
Instagram launches TikTok clone "Reels" in Germany and France
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The Reels feature has previously been tested in Brazil and has now been made accessible to users in France and Germany. Embedded in the Instagram stories, Reels enables users to record short 15-second video clips with music or other audio similar to TikTok. Reels offers various editing tools such as a countdown timer, the option to compile a video out of short snippets and to adjust the speed.