Hunt to Facebook: 'Stay away from my kids'

Facebook Messenger is down and people can't cope

It’s been down since around 6.30am

The U.K. health secretary on Tuesday attacked Facebook's plans to create an app for young users, telling the social media platform to "stay away from my kids". But some concern on targeting advertisements is making some parents wary.

And messages don't disappear and can't be hidden in case parents want to monitor them, Facebook says on its website. Parents shouldn't, for example, see an ad for a toy on Facebook because their child talked about it on Messenger Kids. "We appreciate that for now, the product is ad-free and appears created to put parents in control".

Messenger Kids will only downloadable in the United States and is available on iOS.

"Why should parents simply trust that Facebook is acting in the best interest of kids?" With Messenger Kids, she said, Facebook has thought through what's appropriate for kids.

The outage follows a similar problem for Facebook Messenger on November 30, when users reported being unable to send messages.

Safety also remains a major question for any online kids product.

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Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, who is spending December on parental leave with his two daughters, hasn't spoken publicly yet about Messenger Kids.

Facebook on Monday introduced Messenger Kids for under-13 children to video chat and message with family and friends when they can't be together in person.

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. For now the social network giant has announce it only for IOS devices.

Parents may worry about exposing their young children to digital services, but Facebook has taken steps to make sure they can maintain control, said Larry Magid, chief executive of the nonprofit ConnectSafely, one of many organizations Facebook briefed on the product ahead of its launch.

Until this year, even big tech companies had been loath to set up children's sites with a parental consent system lest they violate the law.

It's an early version of the app with limited availability. Face filters and playful masks will be distracting for adults, Lavallee stated, but for kids, this feature is going to be interesting as this will be let them learning just how to form relationships and stay in touch with parents as well also teaches kids the way to express themselves.

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