- Facebook has launched a messaging platform for children in sub-Saharan Africa
- Named Facebook Kids, the new innovation is targeted at children aged 13 years and below
- The platform comes with features to help parents monitor the online activities of their children
The social media company, Facebook, has launched a messaging platform for children in sub-Saharan Africa.
The platform, Facebook Kids, is targeted at children aged under 13 years and was released in December 2017 in the United States of America (USA).
It was expanded to over 70 countries in April 2020, and on Wednesday, June 10, 2020, rolled out in sub-Saharan Africa.
The app is designed to help children connect with family and friends while having fun.
Parents are also able to supervise the online activities of children in order to determine what they are exposed to.
The information available shows that it is available for download on App Store, Play Store and Facebook.
In developing the app, Facebook revealed that it consulted with youth advisers who have expert knowledge in online safety, child development and media.
Meanwhile, in other related news, Legit.ng reported that the president of the United States of America, Donald Trump, recently signed an executive order which is aimed at removing some of the legal protections or immunity enjoyed by social media platforms.
The executive order empowers the regulators to pursue legal actions against Facebook, Twitter and other social media platforms for the way they police content on their platforms.
Legit.ng gathered that the new executive order seeks to clarify the Communications Decency Act, an American law that gives social media platforms legal protection in certain situations.
Also, five big technology companies in the United States of America were recently ordered by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to disclose details behind their acquisition of smaller businesses.
This is following concerns raised about reports of unfair and anti-competitive behaviour from Amazon, Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook.
The five technological companies have been accused of unfairly using their clout to defend market share or expand into adjacent markets.
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