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Facebook wants kids under 13 to try new Messenger app

05 December 2017, 05:16 | Jodi Jackson

Facebook wants kids under 13 to try new Messenger app

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In classic Facebook form, we've heard nothing official about the source of the problems, or when they're expected to be fixed.

In a company blog post, Antigone Davis - public policy director and global head of safety at Facebook - wrote that the media site has been working on the product for the past 18 months, working closely with leading child development experts, parents and educators.

Lavallee, who is content strategist at the Center on Media and Child Health at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard University, called Messenger Kids a "useful tool" that "makes parents the gatekeepers".

"There's really a gap in the market for a messaging app for kids that also gives parents control", Facebook spokeswoman Lauren Svensson said.

"The risk of exposure to things they were not developmentally prepared for is huge", she said.

Kids will not show up in Facebook search results, so if a kid wants to chat with a friend, the parent will have to work with the friend's parent to get them both approved.


Its not just you Facebook messenger is down for many. Facebook's live video streaming feature, for example, has been used for plenty of innocuous and useful things, but also to stream crimes and suicides.

The app is completely controlled by the parents. Parents won't be able to spy on their kids' chats.

The move seems created to lure kids to the app before they try Facebook rival Snapchat, which is popular with teens.

Davis named some reasons Facebook made a decision to create Messenger Kids and why they chose to create it right now.

He said Facebook is trying to deal with the situation pragmatically by steering young Facebook users to a service designed for them. Any user can download it as it is free and there are no in-app purchases, the company said in a post.



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