Facebook launches messaging app for kids

Facebook is going after younger users. The social giant just launched Messenger Kids, a messaging app aimed at children under the age of thirteen. The app lets children makes use of chat and video chat features. It also gives parents control over who their kids chat with on the app: Messenger Kids must be authenticated from a parent’s own Facebook account before the app can be activated, and parents have to approve new contacts before they can be added. This is something new for Facebook. In the past, the company had strictly avoided products aimed at the 13-and-under crowd. That was largely to keep from running afoul of data and privacy regulations, particularly the strict Children’s Online Privacy and Protection Act. Facebook says the new app was specifically designed to be compliant with the law. For the moment, Messenger Kids is only available for iOS devices. Facebook says an Android version will debut within the coming months. For a closer look at the app, check out the Short Form Spotlight section.

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