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A coalition of child and consumer advocacy groups on Wednesday accused Facebook of illegally collecting data on children with its new Messenger Kids app.
In a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) and other organizations argued that the service’s disclosures about its privacy practices are overly vague, allowing Facebook to share children’s data with third parties.
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The groups allege that Messenger Kids is in violation of the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) because it doesn’t ensure that the adult giving a child permission to use the app is actually the user’s guardian.
“While evidence shows that excessive social media use negatively impacts the wellbeing of children and teens, Facebook is trying to get kids hooked at the tender age of five,” CCFC’s executive director Josh Golin said in a statement. “They tell parents that Messenger Kids was designed to be safe for children, but they don’t even comply with the most basic privacy...
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