Facebook Cleared Up a Privacy Flaw in Its Messenger for Kids App

Participants in group chats were able to interact with people approved by the chat starter’s parents, but not their own

When Facebook debuted its Messenger for Kids application in December 2017, its main selling point to quell privacy concerns was the fact that parents had full control over their kids’ usage of the app, including who they could interact with. However, that control was somewhat compromised by a recent flaw that was discovered in the app.

When using the group chat feature, kids were able to interact with people that were not approved by their parents. Those unapproved users were not completely random, as they were invited by whoever started the group chat, meaning they were authorized by the parent of that user.



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