Facebook launches Messenger Kids in 70 more countries
Facebook launched its Messenger Kids application to 70 new countries. It can help children deal with the challenges of distance learning and isolation during the coronavirus COVID-19 lockdowns.
The new countries are in various regions of the world and include Afghanistan, Costa Rica, Indonesia, and Tuvalu but no European countries are on the list yet.
The app, which is aimed at children under 13, will also be adding a “supervised friending” feature enabling parents to approve new connections, starting in the United States and gradually rolling out to other countries.
“With schools closed and people physically distancing, parents are turning to technology more than ever to help their kids connect with friends and family,” Facebook’s global head of safety Antigone Davis said in a blog post.
Messenger Kids was launched in the United States in 2017 and expanded later to Canada and a handful of other countries, aiming at children too young for a Facebook account.