Adults chat without account
Messenger Kids is interoperable with the main Messenger app, so adults don’t actually have to download the Kids app.
Kids still can’t be found through Facebook search, which protects their privacy.
“We’ve been working closely with the FTC so we’re lockstep with them.
‘This works’, they said,” Facebook product management director Loren Cheng tells me.
But the app could prime kids to become lifelong Facebook users, and lock their families deeply into the platform where they’ll see ads.“In other apps, they can contact anyone they want or be contacted by anyone,” Facebook’s head of Messenger David Marcus notes.Special proactive detection safety filters prevent children from sharing nudity, sexual content or violence, while a dedicated support team will respond quickly to reported or flagged content.Once the parent has authenticated it with their own account, they set up a mini-profile with their kid’s name and photo.Then, using the Messenger Kids bookmark in the main Facebook app, parents can approve anyone who is friends with them as a contact for their kid, like aunts and uncles or godparents.