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Meta’s Head of Youth Is Leaving the Firm

Meta’s Head of Youth Is Leaving the Firm

The venture would have created an Instagram for kids beneath age 13.


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The manager overseeing Instagram’s improvement of a controversial product for kids is leaving the corporate.

Pavni Diwanji,

Meta Platforms Inc.’s

FB 4.31%

vice chairman of youth, is stepping down as a part of a restructuring.

“We’re grateful to Pavni for all she’s finished for Instagram,”


spokeswoman Stephanie Otway mentioned. “Whereas we’re making a couple of organizational adjustments, growing protected, age-appropriate experiences for teenagers stays one in every of our most essential priorities at Meta.”

Ms. Diwanji didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

Ms. Diwanji joined the corporate in December 2020, in line with her LinkedIn profile. She beforehand served as a vice chairman at

Alphabet Inc.’s

GOOG 5.18%

Google, the place she led YouTube children and different family-oriented tasks.

Adam Mosseri, head of Instagram, will proceed to supervise youth-focused work, Ms. Otway mentioned, including that Instagram for teenagers, a venture that was paused indefinitely in September, stays halted.

The venture, which might have created an Instagram for teenagers beneath age 13, was suspended following strain from lawmakers and state attorneys common and an investigation by The Wall Avenue Journal that discovered Instagram can have a adverse impact on teen psychological well being.

Fb whistleblower Frances Haugen detailed the inner paperwork she gathered exhibiting adverse impacts from the corporate’s merchandise and urged lawmakers to contemplate harder rules. Picture: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg Information

On the time of the pause, Mr. Mosseri mentioned the corporate needed extra time to talk with dad and mom, consultants and lawmakers. He mentioned that underage customers would lie about their age to entry Instagram if a model created particularly for them wasn’t obtainable.

Instagram for Children was simply one of many firm’s plans to interact youthful customers. The Journal beforehand reported that the corporate has finished intensive analysis on the way to entice younger customers, which it sees as essential to development.

The New York Instances

beforehand reported Ms. Diwanji’s departure.

Write to Meghan Bobrowsky at

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Appeared within the March 10, 2022, print version as ‘Official Overseeing Instagram Product For Youths Departs.’

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