Facebook Messenger is down: Here's how 'Facebook refugees' reacted on Twitter

Is Facebook Down, FB messenger down for many users

Once parents download the Facebook app to their child's iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone, they will authenticate it with their Facebook account.

The company is offering the new app called Messenger Kids for those users who are too young to use Facebook due to the age limitation of the site. Once confirmed to be safe, friends can do live video chat and send pictures and text to each other.

Another user going by the name @AfrikanNerd tweeted saying "Facebook Refugees" are trying to figure out how to use Twitter. And in the event a child is harassed or exposed to banned content in Messenger Kids, the burden falls in part on Facebook's human moderators to act.

In addition to our research with thousands of parents, we've engaged with over a dozen expert advisors in the areas of child development, online safety and children's media and technology who've helped inform our approach to building our first app for kids.

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The app is completely controlled by the parents. It's not just you - Facebook Messenger seems to be experiencing a global outage at the moment. Once this is done, the kids can start chatting with the contacts that are approved by their parents.

Kids will also have access to GIFs, stickers and other content Facebook said has been vetted to ensure it's appropriate for children. Kids can't create a new account on a Messenger Kids without parental consent. Parents fully control the contact list and kids can't connect with contacts that their parent does not approve. The Messenger account must be set up by a parent, and parents will have to give approval for anyone trying to communicate with their children.

YouTube has recently received criticism over concerns with its Kids app, which features videos tailored toward children.

Compared to the main Facebook network, the automated moderation tech used for the Kids app "has more stringent policies, so it is implemented differently" than Facebook's typical moderation tools, the spokesperson said.

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