Facebook Messenger Kids comes to Android via Google Play

Facebook Messenger Kids For Android Released Today

Potential intentions aside, others have expressed concerns that hooking kids up with their own Messenger app at a young age may have a detrimental effect on development and mental wellbeing.

Facebook told Wired it has not tried to keep its ties to the experts a secret.

"At least seven members of Facebook's 13-person advisory board have some kind of financial tie to the company", the report said. For example, the magazine notes that the National PTA says Facebook donated money to the organization for the first time previous year. "We have been very clear that there is no advertising in Messenger Kids".

The advisers who spoke to WIRED offered thoughtful perspectives often supported by research.

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"For example, we've heard stories of parents working night shifts being able read bedtime stories to their children, and moms who travel for work getting daily updates from their kids while they're away". You may recognize the little floating chat bubbles that you can drag around your phone as a mainstay of Android, but they were in fact invented in their modern form by Facebook back in 2013 as part of a now-defunct Android lock screen product called Facebook Home, which bundled Messenger chats with your SMS text messages for the first time.

British Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt in December warned the social media giant to stay away from his children. Hunt posted on Twitter.

A couple of weeks ago, child advocates urged Facebook to pull the plug on its new messaging app for children.

The controversial app from Facebook, Messenger Kids is now made available on Android Platform. The app was the recent subject of a letter sent to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg from advocacy group Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.

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