Facebook Messenger Is Down Globally and Everyone Is Freaking Out

Is Facebook Messenger down? Multiple reports indicate mass outage this Tuesday

A recent study from Common Sense Media found that parents are more skeptical of the benefits of social media for their children then they are of smartphones or even wearable devices.

Facebook launched Messenger Kids in an attempt to provide kids with a fun and secure way to use Facebook.

The versions for Android and Amazon's tablets are all set to come out eventually.

Jenny Radesky, a paediatrics professor at the University of MI, told the Wall Street Journal: "In my research, clinical work and friendships, I've never heard parents say that they want their child using social media earlier".

"The risk of exposure to things they were not developmentally prepared for is huge", she said. "This is just one more way for kids to have access to social media that can lead to more bullying", Gina says.

Some children's and privacy groups commended Facebook for saying that Messenger Kids would give parents control over children's messaging and not show ads to children.

The other tool of the Facebook has released in the past, objective and real-world use do not always match up. It also collects the texts, audio and videos children send, as well as information about whom the child interacts with on the service, what features they use and how long the children use them.

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The CEO of the nonprofit Family Online Safety Institute, Stephen Balkam, stated: "that train has left the station".

"Regular" Facebook still has an official use restriction for kids under the age of 13.

This is why Facebook as well many other social media companies forbid and prohibited the younger kids from joining. Facebook's move has already been criticized in some countries.

While some users were not sure whether they were the only ones affected, others hilariously tweeted that Messenger going down means the end is quite near.

First, download the Messenger Kids app from the Apple App Store.

And messages don't disappear and can't be hidden in case parents want to monitor them, Facebook says on its website. "We appreciate that for now, the product is ad-free and appears created to put parents in control". For years, major tech firms such as Facebook complied with COPPA by not allowing those under 13 to have accounts. "People said that it would be ideal for Facebook to clarify their policies from the beginning so that it would be perfectly clear what parents are signing up for".

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