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Facebook Launches Messaging App for Kids

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Enabling younger users to sign up can also mean more long-term users for Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram.

Another thought: Twitter will need to up its game and launch "Tot Tweets" before they get left behind. The service won't let children add their own friends or delete messages -only parents can do that.

"I really like how kids can text with this, how they can send stickers, they can put on different masks, and it's this kind of interactive digital play that really helps them be with each other", Dr. Barbara Chamberlin from NMSU Learning Games Lab said.

Messenger Kids is a simplified version of Facebook's existing messaging app which needs parents to approve any contacts added by their children. Facebook announced Messenger for Kids on Monday, Dec. 4.

Messenger Kids offers a new channel to introduce young users to FB's brand through a messenger product, rather than its flagship profile and News Feed.

Facebook Inc. FB recently unveiled a new messaging application called Messenger Kids for children below the age of 13 in the United States. But the app could prime kids to become lifelong Facebook users, and lock their families deeply into the platform where they'll see ads. 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.

In classic Facebook form, we've heard nothing official about the source of the problems, or when they're expected to be fixed. How many more years can Donald Trump sustain them?

This is why Facebook as well many other social media companies forbid and prohibited the younger kids from joining. Like Facebook, Messenger Kids has "real people looking at those reports and making the decisions", but sometimes automated systems take over, like to address duplicate content reports and "spam attacks". Six-year-olds should be playing with worms, not getting FOMO.

While Facebook said in the briefing that the app was designed for kids age 6 to 12, younger kids are allowed on, too.

There is tentative support for what Facebook is doing.

"Stay away from my children", British health secretary Jeremy Hunt warned the social network. Balkam also stated that the millions of kids under 13 are already on Facebook, with or without their parents' approval. Instead, parents have to ask to look at their kids' screen, which Chung says is a more common behavior pattern. This will not create a Facebook account for your child or give them access to your Facebook account. Sadly the photo of rear ends made it through to the Kids Messenger app, which doesn't inspire confidence that Facebook's AI can successfully block out nudity. In a statement, they said: "The preview of Messenger Kids is only available in the USA, on iOS, it is a completely separate app from Facebook".

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