Facebook to 'pause' development of Instagram Kids

Facebook says it is pausing development of an Instagram version designed for children. The social media giant says it plans to listen to concerns about the project from parents and experts.

Facebook bars people younger than 13 from using Instagram, but says children use the app anyway by misrepresenting their age.

The company has been building Instagram Kids to cope with that problem. It would be ad-free and require parental approval.

Facebook issued a statement on Monday saying it was suspending the project but not shelving it. The statement said developing the app was still "the right thing to do."

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that Facebook was ignoring its own evidence that Instagram is harmful for some teenagers. The report triggered criticism that the firm was pressing ahead with the new version despite knowing about the damage it could do.

A Facebook executive is scheduled to testify on the matter to Congress on Thursday.