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Facebook launches Messenger Kids

Facebook has unveiled a dedicated messaging platform for children aged 12 and under

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

Facebook has introduced a dedicated messaging space, dubbed Messenger Kids it has been designed to create a safe environment.

Under federal law, children under the age of 13 cannot sign up for a Facebook account, therefore the Messenger Kids app is solely for children aged between six and 12 and can be used without having an account. Additionally, the app can be linked to their parents account, enabling parents to monitor their child’s activity and contact list.

The app will offer a variety of child friendly GIFs, camera effects, filters, stickers and frames, plus Facebook says that the app will not show any advertisements and will not store data.

Facebook said in an official statement: “There are no ads in Messenger Kids and your child's information isn't used for ads. It is free to download and there are no in-app purchases.”

To use Messenger Kids, parents can download the app from the App Store and authenticate it with their own Facebook credentials, thereafter contacts can be added via the ‘Explore’ section.

Facebook says the new app is only available in the US, with plans to expand its availability beyond iOS to the Amazon App Store and Google Play Store in the coming months.

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