‘Delivery person application for kids not all around secured by Facebook’
Due to a bug in the children’s version of Facebook Messenger, children could talk to strangers. Facebook has sent users of the app a warning.
In the United States, Facebook has released a separate version of Facebook Messenger, especially for children. The idea behind the Messenger app for children is that they can chat in a protected environment. Parents determine with whom their children can exchange messages. This way, the children can never talk to strangers without permission.
Now it appears that the children were able to communicate with strangers due to a software error without their parents’ consent. This was because of a bug in the gathering discussions in the application. It is not known how many children chat with strangers, but the warning was sent by Facebook to thousands of users.
A spokesperson for Facebook tells The Verge that it is a small group of users. According to Facebook, the bug has since been corrected, and the unauthorized conversations have been closed.
The app is not available in the Netherlands. It is not known if this will change.