Messenger Kids a danger?

Is new app simply a way for Facebook to rope in the young?

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Introducing Messenger Kids, a New App For Families to Connect

By Loren Cheng, Product Management Director

Today, in the United States, we're rolling out a preview of Messenger Kids, a new app that makes it easier for kids to safely video chat and message with family and friends when they can't be together in person.

After talking to thousands of parents, associations like National PTA, and parenting experts in the US, we found that there's a need for a messaging app that lets kids connect with people they love but also has the level of control parents want.

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Why Facebook's 'Messenger Kids' is bad for kids

Early in the morning of December 4, press started hitting about Facebook's new "Messenger Kids" app, an extension of their chat product designed for the under-13 set.

The articles entirely miss Facebook's twin pernicious underlying goals behind this new product.

This is not an isolated case: Fast Company, Digital Journal, VentureBeat, TheWrap and other publications all uncritically accepted Facebook's narrative.

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