Jeremy Hunt hits out at Facebook kids' app

07 Décembre, 2017, 02:33 | Auteur: Therese Cote
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If two children want to be friends with each other, each will have to get parental approval for contact.

Facebook says the app was created with parents.

"The question needs to be asked whether children as young as six need this".

"Regular" Facebook still has an official use restriction for kids under the age of 13.

Messages from both mobile and desktop versions of messenger/chat are having difficulties being sent or received. A recent study from Common Sense Media found that parents are more skeptical of the benefits of social media for their children then they are of smartphones or even wearable devices. In 2011, for example, an operator of virtual worlds that had been acquired by the Walt Disney Co. agreed to pay US$3 million (RM12 million) to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it illegally collected and disclosed personal information from children younger than 13 without parental consent.

Jenny Radesky, a paediatrics professor at the University of MI, told the Wall Street Journal: "In my research, clinical work and friendships, I've never heard parents say that they want their child using social media earlier". The app is compliant with COPPA, it added. Under this app, the control will be under the parents via their own FB account.

The child would not be given their own Facebook account, which is prohibited for those under 13. As with Instagram, Facebook or Snapchat, children can add filters or playful drawings to the photos they send. Meanwhile, the American Academy of Pediatrics provided some guidelines that parents may follow in monitoring their kids' use of Facebook, and other forms of digital content. "So just because kids are using it, doesn't mean we need to give them more avenues to use it more".

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Facebook has launched preview of Messenger Kids.

Finally, Facebook stated that it is serious in aiding parents to monitor their children's use of the company messaging apps.

When it comes to ads, Facebook said it will also not use data from Messenger Kids for Facebook ads.

There are concerns the app could lead to more online bullying.

While another user tweeted "Facebook is DOWN, Messenger is DOWN #facebookdown #messengerdown Tell twitter because facebook won't work!"

Health secretary Jeremy Hunt has criticised Facebook for "targeting younger children" by releasing a child-focused version of its Messenger app.

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