"We've been working closely with the FTC so we're lockstep with them". Facebook told me they would come back with ideas to PREVENT underage use of their product, but instead they are actively targeting younger children.
The Messenger Kids app, aimed at kids ages 6-12, rolled out Monday on iOS in the U.S. An Android version is coming soon. They also don't need their own phone number, since it runs on WiFi. Kids don't get a separate Facebook or Messenger account; rather, it's an extension of a parent's account.
Once parents download the Facebook app to their child's iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone, they will authenticate it with their Facebook account.
Facebook say the new app entitled "messenger kids" will be exclusively created for children to use without the need for them to sign up to Facebook itself.
Just a thought: Will we someday have "Truth" campaigns to keep kids from starting social media accounts?
On Dec. 4, Facebook unveiled a new app for kids that makes chatting with long-distance relatives and friends a lot more accessible for children between 9 and 11 years old.
Facebook has introduced a dedicated messaging space, dubbed Messenger Kids it has been designed to create a safe environment. From there, kids can dive instantly into a video chat or text thread with their contacts.
Marketing mattersFacebook said Messenger Kids will not display any advertisements or it will not collect data for marketing, though it will collect some data so that the app can necessary to run the service. Kids can also play around with augmented reality masks and stickers, including fidget spinners and dinosaur AR masks.
We put the Messenger Kids' proactive safety filters to the test and found that they weren't efficient enough. "This is by far the most clumsy part of Messenger Kids", TechCrunch reported.More news: Watchdog to probe Google, Facebook impact
One thing that might surprise some people is that there's no way for parents to secretly spy on what their kids are saying in their chats.
Facebook is launching an app for children - and not everyone is happy about it. When a child reports content or another account, Facebook says it will also notify a parent.
Facebook announced a new messaging service yesterday for children as young as six.
Messenger Kids isn't Facebook's first attempt to attract a young audience.
Facebook Kids is available in the US now, initially for iOS devices only.
After creating a Messenger Kids profile, parents can add contacts directly from their Facebook friends list, including family members and kids of your friends. Facebook built a whole portal at MessengerKids.com with more information for parents. This is why Facebook and many other social media companies prohibit younger kids from joining.
"When I was in my mid-twenties, you never think you're going to be gone, ever", Marcus admits.
The social network has not commented on Mr Hunt's tweet.