Facebook's messaging service for children has been widely criticised by child health advocates who have urged Mark Zuckerberg to delete the app altogether. But Facebook hasn't scrapped the chat app for kids as young as six years old. Instead, it's adding more features and extending its reach.
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Messenger Kids, Facebook's messaging service for children, is rolling out to Android users today. It's a bold move, given that the app has gotten a lot of heat since its launch in December. Nearly 100 child health advocates signed a letter to Mark Zuckerberg last month urging him to delete the app, and Wired reported today that many of the experts who gave Messenger Kids their stamp of approval were funded by the social network.
In December, Facebook launched Messenger Kids, a new messaging service for children as young as six. Now, a bunch of advocacy groups are urging Mark Zuckerberg to discontinue the app.
Facebook announced a new messaging service yesterday for children as young as six. The new app, Messenger Kids, enables Facebook to target parents whose kids are still too young to use world's largest social network (which requires users to be at least 13 years old). Messenger Kids has parental controls and policies in place to ban inappropriate content and cyberbullying, but that doesn't make the service exempt from Facebook's pattern of moderation failures or the broader evils of the interweb. And in the event a child is harassed or exposed to banned content in Messenger Kids, the burden falls in part on Facebook's human moderators to act.
Facebook - home to rampant harassment, misinformation and foreign election interference - is coming for kids. The company announced a new app on Monday for children as young as six years old. The app, Messenger Kids, is a messaging service that gives parents authority over who their kids can chat with.