The meta executive responsible for the social media giant’s youth initiatives – including its controversial “Instagram for Kids” – is leaving the company.
Pavni Diwanji, the company’s vice president of youth product initiatives, had led efforts to develop a version of Instagram aimed at children under the age of 13.
Meta “paused” efforts last year due to public outcry and pressure from lawmakers after documents held by whistleblower Frances Haugen detailed Instagram’s negative impact on teens with mental health issues.
Meta spokeswoman Stephanie Otway confirmed Diwanji’s departure in a statement to The Post.
“We are grateful to Pavni for everything she has done for Instagram,” Otway said. “While we are making some organizational changes, developing safe, age-appropriate experiences for teens remains one of our top priorities at Meta. Instagram head Adam Mosseri will continue to oversee this work.”
When Meta announced it would “pause” development of Instagram for kids, Mosseri said the company still believes “that building ‘Instagram Kids’ is the right thing to do.”
“Critics of ‘Instagram Kids’ will see this as an admission that the project is a bad idea,” Mosseri said. “That’s not the case. The reality is that kids are already online, and we believe creating age-appropriate experiences designed specifically for them is a lot better for parents than it is today.”
The company hasn’t said if or when it will “pause” the product again.
The New York Times reported first News of Diwanji’s departure and received a note from Mosseri saying that the company’s pursuit of young users “remains a high priority at Meta.”
https://nypost.com/2022/03/10/pavni-diwanji-meta-exec-in-charge-of-instagram-for-kids-departs/ Pavni Diwanji, meta manager responsible for Instagram for Kids, is leaving the company