Parents Will Soon Be Able To Read Kids' Facebook Chats

Facebook has introduced new features that give parents the ability to access their children's chat history after safety concerns were raised by parents.

The social media giant will introduce the parental control tool for children under the age of 13 after facing criticism over children's privacy protection.

As well as being able to view children's messages for the last 30 days, parents will be able to see which accounts are blocked and unblocked, Facebook said.

Facebook will also roll out the ability for parents to remove photos and videos that their children send or receive through Messenger Kids.

Messenger Kids was launched by the company in 2017 as a child-friendly alternative to the application.

It's a "video chat and messaging app designed for kids to communicate with family and close friends that parents or caregivers approve," according to the company.

Facebook was flooded with concerns from both parents and governments over the risk of grooming after the site announced it was considering end-to-end encryption on Facebook Messenger and Instagram Direct.

The company resolved an issue with Messenger Kids in August after it was flagged that children were able to join group chats with unapproved members.

The only application owned by the company that is end-to-end encrypted is WhatsApp.

Facebook has long held off pressure from police forces around the globe to give them access to private messages on WhatsApp.

Concerns have arisen in the past about the company collecting children's data.

However, Facebook claims it only shares kids' information under data confidentiality and security agreements with service providers for the purpose of operating Messenger Kids but doesn’t collect children’s data for in-app advertising or purchases.


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