Facebook confessed that the kids at Messenger Kids participated in group chats without the parents' permission because of a mistake in its design. A few weeks ago, US Democratic Senators Edward Markey and Richard Blumenthal warned Facebook to prioritize children's privacy and security.
In a statement to the legislators, Facebook Vice President Kevin Martin described the defect on the platform as a “technical mistake” and reminded them that they regularly communicate with the Federal Trade Commission on many issues and products, including Messenger Kids.
Messenger Kids, designed to chat for children 13 and under, could be preferred by parents because there were no adults on the platform. This error, however, has shown that children can overcome restrictions and communicate with unauthorized connections.
In the meantime, with this error, Facebook has entered the jurisdiction of COPPA, the Law on the Protection of Children's Online Privacy. Privacy advocates have moved quickly on Messenger Kids. Defenders, Facebook's “without verifiable parental consent or providing parents with a clear and complete description of Facebook's data practices”Claims that he has violated COPPA by collecting children's personal information.
Almost 10 months after the launch of the application, the problem that arose in October 2018 was noticed much later by Facebook. However, the company informs the parents about this after 1 month, 15 July.