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Facebook Messenger Kids App Privacy Flaw

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Do your kids or any kids you know use Messenger Kids? Messenger Kids is designed to be a safe place for kids to interact with friends. All friends must be pre approved by parents first, ensuring your kids aren’t messaging or getting messaged by strangers. Facebook recently released a flaw in their system, that could be leaving kids in danger of being messaged by people that have not been approved by parents. This means our children could be talking to complete strangers!

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When interacting on Messenger Kids, children are only allowed to chat with people that have been prep-approved by parents prior, but Facebook has run into some issues that have now caused huge safety and privacy concerns for thousands of children. Children are able to get in group messages with friends that have been prep-approved, just like in the normal messaging app, but any group member can add their friends into this group, even if they haven’t been approved by all members of the group. This has allowed children to chat with people that have not been prep-approved by their parents. Facebook has reached out to some of the parent’s whose children were involved in this flaw.

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