senators were "disturbed" to learn that the application allowed
thousands of children to join group chats in which not all
members of the group were approved by their parents, they said
in a letter (https://www.markey.senate.gov
addressed to Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg.
The app, launched in December 2017, is designed for users under
the age of 13. It lets them do video chats and send photos,
videos and texts.
"Facebook has a responsibility to meet its promise to parents
that children are not exposed to unapproved contacts, a promise
that it appears that Facebook has not fulfilled," they said.
"Children's privacy and safety online should be Messenger Kids'
The senators sought transparency and answers on what the company
is doing to ensure children's privacy and safety online, and
meet expectations of parents and fulfill law obligations.
The senators also asked Zuckerberg when did the company first
become aware of the flaw and the duration it existed. They also
asked if Facebook has initiated a review of the app to identify
other flaws that may exist.
They also demanded that Facebook reply to these questions by
Facebook did not immediately respond to a request for comment
outside regular business hours.
(Reporting by Shubham Kalia in Bengaluru; editing by Gopakumar
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