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Introducing Messenger Kids, a New App For Families to Connect | Facebook Newsroom

Children under 13 are now not allowed to use Facebook, but the company has launched a new messaging app, aimed at those as young as six - which needs parental approval before it can be used.

Messenger kids allows children to talk, send photos, videos and text messages to friends who are approved by their parents and adult relatives.

Facebook's existing Community Standards apply to Messenger Kids, the company says, but beyond that, specialised "reviewers [for Messenger Kids] will also look for other signs of potential abuse and take appropriate action, whether it's removing specific messages or entire accounts for repeated abuse".

Parents can approve people for their kids to chat with, create a mini profile for them and more.

Jeremy Hunt has told Facebook to "stay away from my kids" after it launched a new messaging app aimed at children. However, Facebook has said that the Messenger Kids app will be coming to Amazon App Store and Google Play Store in the "coming months".

We put the Messenger Kids' proactive safety filters to the test and found that they weren't efficient enough.

He said the company was failing to act responsibly despite having assured the government that it would not target its service at children, who can only use the main social media website if they are over 13.

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"Also, not all parents will have the confidence and knowledge to manage this app safely". However, children's charity the NSPCC said it was a "step in the right direction" for providing children with safe places to contact friends and family. Facebook announced Messenger for Kids on Monday, Dec. 4.

Kids under 13 can't be on Facebook or Messenger under the company's rules- but many already are.

I love the idea of a kid-centered app that is tethered to my Facebook account. Children can start one-on-one contacts with parent-approved contacts.

It seems Facebook is on its way in creating conduit to attract more users and become a regular member of Facebook products, by starting as early as even a 6 year old kid.

While some users were not sure whether they were the only ones affected, others hilariously tweeted that Messenger going down means the end is quite near.

Teen user growth on Facebook's flagship product has stagnated in the past few years as Gen Z'ers increasingly gravitate towards more intimate-feeling messaging platforms (re: Snapchat), rather than public-facing social media.

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