Facebook Inc. has unveiled a new version of its Messenger app, meant for children.
This app does not require users to be 13 years old and above, unlike the regular Facebook and Instagram app. It also does not require users to have their own Facebook account and parents get to have total control over the contact list of their kids.
The unveiling of this new app have created a new front for Facebook to be in a competition with Snap’s dissappearing photo and chat app.
Some screenshots of this new product in a Facebook blog post, showed kids video-chatting, using some filters similar to those on Snapchat and Instagram.
With this app, parents can control what their kids are exposed to on the internet and know whether or not they are being bullied. This was one thing Kik, another messenger app lacked and was unable to prevent child exploitation and harassment.
The new app will not entertain ads, said Facebook, so that children dont get exposed to advertisements that aren’t age-appropriate.
Facebook is an online social networking service headquartered in Menlo Park, California, in the United States. Its website was launched on February 4, 2004, by Mark Zuckerberg with his Harvard College roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. The founders had initially limited the website’s membership to Harvard students, but later expanded it to colleges in the Boston area, the Ivy League, and Stanford University. It gradually added support for students at various other universities and later to high-school students. Its name comes from the face book directories often given to American university students.