Facebook’s Controversial Chat App, Messenger Kids Launched in Peru and Canada

Facebook Messenger Kids launches in Canada, Peru, adds 'kindness' features

"It's why we engaged in conversations with many groups in the year leading up to the launch and we have continued doing so this year as we prepared to bring the app to families in Canada and Peru", a Facebook spokesperson tells Business Insider.

Facebook launched the kids app in the United States past year where dozens of organizations, doctors, academics and others called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to discontinue the app. Messenger Kids is now available for download in Canada and Peru after being USA-exclusive since December 2017.

Since launch, the app has faced tremendous controversy with multiple social groups arguing against allowing children and young teens access to social media too early.

The app was released in compliance with privacy protection laws for children established by COPPA. Messenger Kids is created to offer kids below 13 a fully ad-free experience, and microtransactions are also disabled on the kids-only app.

Unlike the standard version of the service, Facebook says that Messenger Kids does not include ads, and that kids' accounts are separate from standard Facebook accounts. No matter where users are based, the app is available in English, Spanish, and French - all popular languages in the countries where the app is now available.

But instead of heeding to their advice, Faceboook has now introduced the app in two other countries, while adding that it wants to promote "responsible use" of Messenger Kids.

"This is part of the "Missions" section of the app where kids learn how to use certain features like starting a video call and sending a photo", Loren Cheng, Facebook's Product Management Director and Tarunya Govindarajan, Product Manager at the social networking site, said in a statement. Get instant updates on TechNadu's Facebook page, or Twitter handle.

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