Senators Question Facebook Over Messaging App For Kids

Funner than ever

While the new messenger will be available only in the US and only the owners of gadgets on the iOS platform.

Facebook says it created Messenger Kids to fill a need for a messaging app for children that gives parents full control.

To know more about children's needs, and the risks they face online, Facebook collaborated with various agencies and institutions such as the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Center on Media and Child Health, Connect Safely, and the Sesame Workshop.

On the other hand, if a child does decide to join full Facebook, it will be a brand new account with no data carried over from what was said on Messenger Kids. The company took many cues from these conversations, said Antigone Davis, Facebook's head of global safety. This means parents would not have to worry about their children talking with strangers online, without their supervision. "Video calls become so much more playful with AR", says Marcus.

The senators want proof that Facebook is complying with Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, a Federal Trade Commission regulation that imposes rules on collecting data from children under 13 on the internet.

Others cautioned that the app raised concerns about children's privacy. On one side are parents such as Matt Quirion of Washington, who said Facebook's snaking its way into his children's lives at an early age would most likely do more harm than good.

It is noted that children will be able to complain about those users who are rude when communicating.

Several major tech firms have recently released products that allow younger children to use their services within the limits of the kids' privacy law - and reach more of the country's 48.8 million children under the age of 13 in the process.

To add to that, approved adult friends can also contact the children through the app - although they will get their messages through the normal Facebook Messenger app. Kids wanting to add another kid as their contact must have approval from the parents of both the kids, in addition to the condition that the parents should also be connected in Facebook through their accounts. The FTC did not respond to a request for comment. According to them, the management behind Facebook can perhaps see where this trend is going, given the many reasons behind the infamy of the app in terms of a variety of scandals going on out there. Facebook has also spent a lot of resources to make it a reality. After this, the device can be handed back to the child, and they can start chatting by using Messenger Kids.

It is reported by UNN with reference to the official website of the company.

Just as vocal are parents such as Parker Thompson of Alameda, California, who said children's adoption of technology is an inevitability and who appreciated Facebook's approach with the new app.

"We remain concerned about where sensitive information collected through this app could end up and for what goal it could be used", they wrote. The company said it believes the new app will provide a "fun, safer solution" for children to communicate with family and friends. Kids can block and unblock their parent-approved contacts.

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