FB debuts Messenger Kids to kidnap teens from Snapchat

FB debuts Messenger Kids to kidnap teens from Snapchat

Facebook Launched "Messenger Kids" Standalone App for Children Under 13 Review & Features: - Now the popular social media site Facebook is coming for your kids.The social media giant is all set to launches a messaging app for children where children can chat with their friends and parents which is also going to approved by their parents. Once the parent has authenticated it with their own account, they set up a mini-profile with their kid's name and photo.

In a blog post about its new app for children, Facebook said it understood parents' concern about children's interaction with technology.

There are no ads or in-app purchases in Messenger Kids, and Facebook said the app is compliant with the Children's Online Privacy and Protection Act (COPPA), which requires a company targeting users under 13 to adhere to certain requirements, such as gaining parental consent before it collects users' personal information.

This preview of Messenger Kids is only available in the U.S. at this time on the Apple App Store, and will be coming to Amazon App Store and Google Play Store in the coming months. Face filters and playful masks can be distracting for adults, Lavallee said, but for kids who are just learning how to form relationships and stay in touch with parents digitally, they are ways to express themselves. And US Facebook users aged 45-54 account for 21% of total time spent on the platform, more than any other age group.

With so many people starting to rely on Messenger as their main form of communication, a lot of people are taking to Twitter to vent their frustrations.

The app is completely controlled by the parents.

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Kids under 13 can't be on Facebook or Messenger under the company's rules- but many already are.

The app has been designed for children to connect with others in a safe place.

That's important - the obvious commercial benefit to this new app might be to target ads to parents based on what their kids are talking about. Children can start one-on-one contacts with parent-approved contacts. To protect minors, Facebook doesn't allow kids under 13 to sign up for a Facebook account.

"Not sure this is the right direction at all", he tweeted.

That's why it was smart that Facebook tasked Cheng with leading the project.

It seems Facebook is on its way in creating conduit to attract more users and become a regular member of Facebook products, by starting as early as even a 6 year old kid.