A FILE PHOTO Attendees walk past a Facebook Messenger logo, while Facebook Inc’s annual F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, USA, May 1, 2018. REUTERS/Stephen Lam
(Reuters) – U.S. Democratic senators Edward Markey and Richard Blumenthal, have written to Facebook Inc’s (FB.D) the question of whether there was a “disturbing pattern” of the poor, protection of the privacy of children who use the popular social network is a Kids app.
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, they said in a letter.pdf) and sent to Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg.
The app, which was launched in December 2017, and is designed for users who are under the age of 13. It allows them to do video chats and send photos, music, videos, and text.
“Facebook has a responsibility to fulfill its promise to the parents that the children will not be exposed to any non-approved contacts, and a promise that it would seem that Facebook is not in compliance,” she said.
“The Children’s online privacy and safety needs to be a Messenger to the Children of the highest priority.”
The senators wanted the transparency and answers on what the company is doing to ensure children’s online safety and privacy, and to conform to the expectations of the parents and to comply with legal obligations.
The senators are also asked to can be Done when the company is first aware of the error and the duration of its existence. They also asked whether Facebook was started with a review of the application and identify any defects that may occur.
They also claimed that Facebook is the answer to all these questions by the Aug. 27.
Facebook does not immediately respond to a request for comment outside of regular business hours.
Reporting Shubham Kalia in Bengaluru; editing by Gopakumar Warrier