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Facebook’s ‘technical error’ in Messenger Kids allowed children to chat with adults, unsupervised

The Next Web Thursday, 29 August 2019
Facebook’s ‘technical error’ in Messenger Kids allowed children to chat with adults, unsupervisedFacebook has admitted to a design flaw in Messenger Kids app that allowed young users on the platform to participate in group chats with adults, without their parents’ permission. The acknowledgement comes weeks after US Democratic senators Edward Markey and Richard Blumenthal urged the social media giant to prioritize children’s privacy and safety online. “We are in regular contact with the FTC on many issues and products, including Messenger Kids,” Facebook Vice President Kevin Martin wrote in a response to the lawmakers, describing the flaw as a “technical error.” Messenger Kids is billed as a safe haven for kids 13…

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