Facebook introduces Messenger Kids app with parental controls

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She cited research that shows some 93 percent of USA kids ages six to 12 have access to tablets or smartphones - and 66 percent have their own device, often using apps meant for teens and adults.

Facebook in its response wrote: "On Thursday November 30 just after midnight Pacific time we bacame aware that a few people were having issues with their Messenger accounts". " said Loren Cheng, Product Management Director, Facebook".

If two children want to be friends on Messenger Kids, that friendship has to be approved by a parent for each child.

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"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 app was 18 months in development, Svensson said.

Parents can approve people for their kids to chat with, create a mini profile for them and more.

Messenger Kids, meanwhile, "is a result of seeing what kids like", which is images, emoji and the like. 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.

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Federal law prohibits internet companies from collecting personal information on kids under 13 without their parents' permission and imposes restrictions on advertising to them.

The app is completely controlled by the parents.

Facebook Kids is designed for under-13s who are now not allowed to use the Facebook social network.

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Facebook Messenger has stopped working, leaving millions of users worldwide unreachable via chat. Facebook promises it won't collect a lot of data about its users and will not allow them to make purchases. Among them: Will it always remain ad-free, and will parents get ads based on the service? "We encourage Facebook to clarify their policies from the start so that it is perfectly clear what parents are signing up for".

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