Facebook unveils messaging app for kids2017-12-04 13:47 by Daniela
Tags: Facebook, Messenger
Facebook today announced a new version of its Messenger chat app designed for children ages six to 12. The app, called Messenger Kids, allows children to send messages and photos and video chat with specific contacts that have been approved by their parents. It's completely independent of the flagship Facebook and Messenger apps, and is compliant with the Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act.
The new app does not require a Facebook account — due to federal law, users under the age of 13 cannot legally sign up for Facebook. Facebook has also built special detection tools to detect abusive content on the platform.
"When we heard about the need for better apps directly from parents during research and conversations with parents, we knew we needed to develop it alongside with the people who were going to use it, as well as experts who could help guide our thinking," Loren Cheng, Facebook's product management director said in a statement.
Facebook notes that once users turn 13, they won't be automatically be migrated to the full-scale messenger, nor will a Facebook account automatically be created for them.
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