Facebook recently confirmed that a design flaw allowed children to chat with unapproved users
Washington (August 6, 2019) – Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), members of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, today sent a letter to Facebook about a design flaw in the company’s Messenger Kids app, a product designed specifically for children 12 and under. While Facebook has previously stated that the app only allows children to interact with users who have been approved by their parents, Facebook recently confirmed that a design flaw allowed children to circumvent those protections and chat with unapproved strangers.
“Children’s privacy and safety online should be Messenger Kids’ top priority,” write the Senators to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in their letter. “Your company has a responsibility to meet its promise to parents that children are not exposed to unapproved contacts, a promise that it appears that Facebook has not fulfilled.”
A copy of the letter can be found HERE.
In the letter to Facebook, Senators Markey and Blumenthal ask questions that include:
In December of 2017, Markey and Blumenthal queried Facebook about Messenger Kids and raised concerns about the app’s collection of children’s information. Facebook’s response to that letter can be found HERE.