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Facebook acknowledges the flaw in the Messenger, Kids app

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc’s (FB.D) the recognition of an error in the Messenger-a Children’s app of the weeks after two AMERICAN senators raised privacy concerns about the application, and said that it was going to be the united states Federal Trade Commission on the matter.

A FILE PHOTO Attendees walk past a Facebook logo during the Facebook Inc. F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, united states, April 30, 2019. REUTERS/Stephen Lam

“We are in regular contact with the COMMISSION about a lot of topics and products, including Messenger to the Children,” Facebook’s Vice-President, Kevin Martin wrote in a letter to the two Democrats, who are seen by Reuters. He described the leak as a “technical error”.

In the letter, dated Aug. 27, was sent to the Democratic Senators Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut.

“Based on our investigation, we have determined that the error that you have asked above was in the October of 2018. The fix that we have implemented is designed to prevent the problem from happening again,” Facebook said in the letter.

The senators said on Wednesday they were disappointed by Facebook’s approach to the issue.

“We are very disappointed that Facebook does not require the provision of an in-depth review of the Messenger, have Children, and to identify additional bugs and privacy issues,” Markey and Blumenthal said in a comment on the Facebook from the mail.

The senators wrote to Facebook on Feb. 6 the question of whether there was a “disturbing pattern” of the poor, protection of the privacy of children who use the popular social network Kids app and was looking for more transparency.

The senators were “disturbed” to learn that the application will be allowed thousands of children to participate in group chats, which, is not all of the members of the group have been approved by their parents, she said, in a letter to Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg.

In July, Facebook agreed to pay a record $5 billion in fines to resolve an FTC investigation into its privacy practices, and will boost the safeguards of your user.

FTC will not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment outside of regular business hours.

Reporting Aishwarya Nair in Bengaluru and David Shepardson in Washington; editing by Gopakumar Warrier

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