AD­VO­CACY GROUPS ASK FACE­BOOK TO DIS­CON­TINUE MES­SEN­GER KIDS

SO­CIAL ME­DIA IS DETRI­MEN­TAL TO MEN­TAL HEALTH, AR­GUE CHILD HEALTH EX­PERTS.

TechLife Australia - - HOTSPOT -

Face­book launched Mes­sen­ger Kids for chil­dren as young as six years old, but child care ad­vo­cates are urg­ing the so­cial me­dia plat­form to dis­con­tinue the app. A let­ter sent by the ad­vo­cates to Zucker­berg cites nu­mer­ous stud­ies that link so­cial me­dia use to child devel­op­ment and men­tal health is­sues, not to men­tion the con­cerns over pri­vacy and the pos­si­bil­ity of abuse. Face­book claims it worked closely with ex­perts to en­sure the app was safe for younger users, but it’s been re­ported that these ex­perts were funded by the so­cial me­dia plat­form. De­spite the crit­i­cism, the app is now avail­able on both An­droid and iOS.

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