Facebook Fails To Keep Its Promise To Parents

Facebook Fails To Keep Its Promise To Parents

Facebook has long been criticized for allowing pre-teens to create accounts on their platform. About 2 years ago, the company unveiled Messenger Kids, targeted specifically at users under 13 years of age. It allowed parents to approve contacts whom their child could chat with. Now the app is coming under fire from parents as it was discovered a software bug allows group chats with contacts not approved by the parent.

For example, imagine Billy and Joey are approved contacts in Messenger Kids. Joey is approved to communicate with Bobby but Billy is not. The bug allows Joey to add both Billy and Bobby to a group chat despite the fact that Billy’s parents didn’t approve Bobby. Facebook is calling it “a technical error” but many parents are furious. With all the Facebook drama in the media lately, is this really that much of a surprise to parents? News flash. You can’t trust Facebook.

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