Facebook launches Messenger Kids, its child-friendly texting app on Android


Facebook's Messenger app for kids which was launched in December only for iOS, has roll out on Android devices in the U.S. Facebook made it available for Amazon Fire tablets last month. Earlier, the texting with Facebook friends was available on the Facebook app itself. Facebook Messenger Kids is controversial as the app encourages kids to get involved in social media and certain groups of the society are so outraged by the company's move to involve more and more kids into it's range.

Now, we have known that numerous major platforms like Snapchat and YouTube are pushing for the child-friendly content with the launch of their respective platforms which are most suitable for kids. When the app first went live on iOS devices in December past year, an open letter co-signed by nineteen organizations and just under 100 child-advocates was published by the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, calling for Mark Zuckerberg to pull the app from stores. Messenger Kids has sparked a lot of discussions regarding the online safety of children and their potential exposure to harmful individuals.

Messenger Kids is a version of the Messenger app that targets children by offering features that help puts a parent's mind at ease. When they do that, the parent or guardian will be notified.

However more than 100 child development experts, health advocacy groups, educators, and parents have called on Facebook to shut down Messenger Kids. Parents and approved grown-ups can use their profiles to verify the Kids account and can also check up what is going on through the regular Messenger.