Senators Question Facebook Over Messaging App For Kids

Senators Question Facebook Over Messaging App For Kids

"After talking to thousands of parents, associations like National PTA, and parenting experts in the United States, we found that there's a need for a messaging app that lets kids connect with people they love but also has the level of control parents want", said Facebook Product Management Director, Loren Cheng.

Davis said that, if a parent decides to delete their child's account, Facebook will also delete any data from its own servers.

The company also said it would not automatically move users to the regular Messenger app or Facebook service after they turn 13.

Specifically, Markey and Blumenthal asked Facebook on Wednesday to clarify if it is sharing kids' personal information with "brand advertisers or any other third party". This preview is available on the App Store for iPad, iPod touch and iPhone. So 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 the people who were going to use it, as well as experts who could help guide our thinking.

The signup process needs nothing more than the name of the child.

"We remain concerned about where sensitive information collected through this app could end up and for what goal it could be used", they wrote.

But she added that services like the new messenger app need to be monitored. Once these parameters are set, kids can only see the approved contacts whether they are online or not.


There will also be "a library of kid-appropriate and specially chosen GIFs, frames, stickers, masks and drawing tools lets them decorate content and express their personalities". Facebook is indeed coming for your kids.

Messenger Kids takes these steps to put the parent in total control of the children's messenger account.

In June, The Information reported Facebook was working on an app for teens called Talk, though that's a bit different than this pre-teen Messenger Kids app.

Facebook said it developed the app after speaking with thousands of parents, major parental groups and child development experts. Parents can then create a profile for the child as an extension of their own Facebook account.

"Today, much of the time our options come down to giving kids devices and trusting things will work out, watching them closely at all times, or banning technology", said Thompson, 38, a father of three children between 6 months and 8 years.

For the first time, Facebook is opening up to children under age 13 with a privacy-focused app created to neutralize child predator threats that plague youth-focused competitors like Snapchat. To add people to your child's approved contact list, you can access the Messenger Kids parental controls panel within your main Facebook app by clicking on "More" at the bottom right corner in your main Facebook app, and then by clicking on "Messenger Kids" in the explore section.

There are no ads in Messenger Kids and your child's information isn't used for ads. "By designing an ad-free and safe environment for children, Facebook is playing a leadership role in developing responsible corporate practices that could be the basis for industry-wide guidelines".

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