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Facebook launched its chat service aimed at kids under 13-years-old in 2017, touting the app as having strict privacy controls that allowed parents to control who their kids talked to. However, the Messenger Kids app failed to deliver on the promise of strict parental and privacy controls. Facebook has reportedly sent messages to parents of users of the app to inform them that there was "a technical error" that allowed the friend of a child to create a group chat within the app that would invite one or more of the second child's friends to a group conversation. Essentially this allowed the child to talk to friends of their approved friends, without parental permission or vetting. Facebook has... Read more...
Facebook is rolling out a preview of Messenger Kids, a new standalone messaging app designed specifically for children who are under 13-years-old. The aim is to provide a safe way for children to video chat and message with family and friends, with parents having access to strict parental controls to ensure their kids are not being exposed to inappropriate content. The same can't be said for the vast majority of messaging apps out there, such as Snapchat and Facebook's full-fledged Messenger (both of which are not supposed to be used by children). "After talking to thousands of parents, associations like National PTA, and parenting experts in the US, we found that there’s a need for a messaging... Read more...