Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Dec 2017 21:01 UTC
Internet & Networking

On Monday, Facebook announced Messenger Kids, a stand-alone mobile app that allows children age 13 and under to use the service. The point of the new app, the company said, was to provide a more controlled environment for the types of activity that are already occurring across smartphones and tablets among families.

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Silicon Valley...
by leech on Tue 5th Dec 2017 02:02 UTC
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Did no one watch Silicon Valley and see what happens?

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RE: Silicon Valley...
by Kochise on Tue 5th Dec 2017 05:48 UTC in reply to "Silicon Valley..."
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ICU ;)


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Comment by Licaon_Kter
by Licaon_Kter on Tue 5th Dec 2017 06:47 UTC
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"Every additional friend request requires approval by the parent."

Because they live in that perfect world where kids never get their hands on their parents devices...

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RE: Comment by Licaon_Kter
by daedalus on Tue 5th Dec 2017 15:22 UTC in reply to "Comment by Licaon_Kter"
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As well as that, how is the parent going to know what a friend is really like? We all know schoolkids can be as nice as you like one day, then someone else is flavour of the month the next. And then there's the whole "Why haven't you added me yet?" sort of thing that will no doubt go on.

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No, No, and Never
by shotsman on Tue 5th Dec 2017 10:30 UTC
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Facebook must be desperate for new slaves to social media. Like Drug Dealers who operate outside Schools, the aim is to get them young and you will have them for life.

I'd like to ban Facebook(and the rest) but that will never happen (sadly) but it seems that I'm in the minority of people who will never sign up to any of these (anti)social media sites.

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RE: No, No, and Never
by skeezix on Tue 5th Dec 2017 17:49 UTC in reply to "No, No, and Never"
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I was thinking something similar. Get 'em hooked while they're young.

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by Dr.Cyber on Tue 5th Dec 2017 12:48 UTC
Comment by Sidux
by Sidux on Tue 5th Dec 2017 13:00 UTC
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Like ipotty was not enough..

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Comment by Vaisanen
by Vaisanen on Tue 5th Dec 2017 16:35 UTC
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“Right now for kids, the time they spend on devices is very passive,” said David Marcus, vice president of messaging products at Facebook. “It’s not really a device that helps you connect with others close to them.”

“We can’t let the current state of things prevent us from doing our jobs, which is to solve real problems in people’s lives,” Mr. Marcus, the head of Messenger at Facebook, said.

Highlighted for amusement value. Giving kids a separate Messenger with a bunch of restrictions added into it? Oh yes, they'll love it. What I'm wondering about, however, is where is this really coming from. Is it fear that they'll eventually share AIM's fate? Or is it the usual data prospector's greed and trying to gather all the kids in the kiddie pool to improve ad accuracy? What about the flip side? It might just as well turn into "Tinder for Predators".

Edited 2017-12-05 16:45 UTC

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