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.
Before last night’s Emmys, co-host Michael Che promised, “We’re gonna come out on the wrong side of history for sure. We’re aiming toward it.” So did Che and his SNL Weekend Update co-anchor Colin Jost, in a broadcast overseen by SNL creator and exec producer Lorne Michaels, shake it up? After a “we solved it” […]
Path is going nowhere. The eight-year-old social media service will be removed from the App Store and Google Play on October 1; users have until October 18 to download a copy of their data. Founded by former Facebook product manager Dave Morin and one-time Napster execs Dustin Mierau and Shawn Fanning, the service had 15 […]
DASANI Sparkling is finally diving into sports courtesy of a new deal between the Coca-Cola Company and the PGA TOUR. The brand will now serve as the TOUR’s official Sparkling Water and officially launch in conjunction with next week’s TOUR Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta. To celebrate the relationship, DASANI Sparkling debuted […]
Week two of the NFL season saw upticks for all three networks carrying the league. CBS Sports’ Week 2 coverage of The NFL on CBS on Sunday delivered its best opening NFL doubleheader game rating in three years and is the highest-rated game of the day on any network with an average overnight household rating/share […]
Before last night’s Emmys, co-host Michael Che promised, “We’re gonna come out on the wrong side of history for sure. We’re aiming toward it.” So did Che and his SNL Weekend Update co-anchor Colin Jost, in a broadcast overseen by SNL creator and exec producer Lorne Michaels, shake it up? Yes, in short, with lots […]