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David Marcus defends Facebook's Messenger Kids platform

David Marcus defends Facebook's Messenger Kids platform
From TechCrunch - February 1, 2018

David Marcus, Facebooks vice president of Messaging Products, responded to the backlash against Messenger Kids when he spoke at the Upfront Summit in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Families will be better off because it exists, said Marcus. I firmly believe that it is a good product.

Messenger Kids launched in December, targeting kids aged 6 to 12. The app has faced widespread criticism for encouraging young people to join social media at a young age, which some claim is a violation of COPPA regulations. But Marcus insisted that Facebooks childrens product does not qualify as social media in the way that Snapchat does.

The idea is to make it easier for families to incorporate younger siblings into group chats, Marcus explained.

My daughter uses it on a daily basis now, said Marcus. It has enabled me to be more in touch with her.

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