Is Facebook Messenger down? Multiple reports indicate mass outage this Tuesday

Lena Tucker
December 7, 2017

The new app called Messenger Kids is exactly what it sounds like: a messaging service that lets kids message and video chat with each other so long as both sets of parents OK the contact beforehand.

The idea is to make sure that parents have full control over the online experience of their children, and Messenger Kids is one such app created to open lines of communication along the way.

When it comes to ads, Facebook said it will also not use data from Messenger Kids for Facebook ads.

Joining the chorus against a messaging app exclusively for kids from Facebook, British Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned the social media giant to stay away from his children.

Messenger Kids is built so children do not sign up for new Facebook accounts themselves; Facebook's terms of service require that users be 13 or older.

Federal law prohibits Internet companies from collecting personal information on kids who are below 13 without their parents' permission; as well the feature imposes restrictions on advertising to them.

Jenny Radesky, a paediatrics professor at the University of MI, told the Wall Street Journal: "In my research, clinical work and friendships, I've never heard parents say that they want their child using social media earlier".

While another user tweeted "Facebook is DOWN, Messenger is DOWN #facebookdown #messengerdown Tell twitter because facebook won't work!" In response to that, Facebook (fb) wrote: "On Thursday November 30 just after midnight Pacific time we became aware that a few people were having issues with their Messenger accounts". Through the app kids can still message their friends and family members but under parental control.

If you want to let your child use Messenger Kids, Liz recommends educating him or her on what it means to be safe, appropriate, and savvy online.

Facebook's move is the latest from a tech behemoth to show how companies are confronting the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act.

Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, who is spending December on parental leave with his two daughters, hasn't spoken publicly yet about Messenger Kids. Facebook plans to release Android and Amazon versions next year. Be it kids, adults and everyone.

But some online safety experts say many kids under the age of 13 are already on social networks.

Even so, child heath experts like Dunaway remain skeptical.

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