A series of facebook’s internal documents leaked by the former representative of the company, Frances Haugen, reveal the social media giant’s disgusting business practices in planning.

Namely, an internal blog post revealed that the company was opting into the child/infant market, with plans to add infants, children, and teens to their target groups.

The blog post outlined the idea that the internet and its services were designed during a different time and that social media like Facebook and Instagram should be available to much younger audiences as they begin interacting with such technology much earlier in their lives.

As of now none of facebooks products arent intended for the use of those under 13 years old, with Instagram banning them from the platform outright.

In an attempt to rebrand after the release of internal documents revealing troubling accusations, Facebook changed its’ company name to Meta, hoping its shady past will be erased.

Facebook stated that the project designed for targeting younger audiences was already underway with them hiring multiple researchers skilled in the field of global youth research, with a large focus on a version of the Instagram social network aimed at younger kids.

This idea has been scrutinized by many in the past as Instagram was often connected to body image issues in young girls and women.

Downplaying a case of planned child exploitation

Facebook presented a diagram that demonstrated how exactly Facebook and its companies plan to branch out into marketing to children while also adhering to the Federal Trade Commission’s Children’s Online Privacy Protection group, which remains unclear as the social media giant does not reveal any further details on the matter.

A spokesperson for Facebook argued that the move is completely valid as many other companies in a competitive space, such as the Wall Street Journal, have tried to appeal to younger generations, which is just categorically untrue, especially given the very niche group of its readers.

He continued to add that it would be strange for Facebook not to be branching out into this field during this time as it isn’t the only company currently doing it.

Thankfully, last month, Instagram announced they would pull back their plans to design a photo-sharing app designed for children and tweens, but the head of Instagram Adam Mosseri still argued that they plan to continue in the future, once enough time was taken to consult with parents of children in the mentioned age categories so that the child can enjoy a safe online experience.

Other leaked evidence, however, depicted tweens as an „untapped market,” even including children aged 0-4 in the mix which we cannot see the relevancy of.

Despite the glaring flaws many of facebook’s apps and related social networks have, Facebook will most likely continue its plan to market to younger generations, which ultimately has no goal other than making Mark Zuckerberg more money.

The only real question is how far is Facebook willing to go, and will they die on this hill.