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Strictly speaking, only those aged 13 and over are allowed to use Facebook.

So on Monday, Facebook launched its first app tailored for young users.

Another thought: Twitter will need to up its game and launch "Tot Tweets" before they get left behind.

"Whether it's using video chat to talk to grandparents, staying in touch with cousins who live far away, or sending mom a decorated photo while she's working late to say hi, Messenger Kids opens up a new world of online communication to families". Parents won't be able to spy on their kids' chats. From there, kids can dive instantly into a video chat or text thread with their contacts.

A library of kid-appropriate and specially chosen GIFs, frames, stickers, masks and drawing tools lets them decorate content and express their personalities. Then, using the Messenger Kids bookmark in the main Facebook app, parents can approve anyone who is friends with them as a contact for their kid, like aunts and uncles or godparents. Messenger Kids has parental controls and policies in place to ban inappropriate content and cyberbullying, but that doesn't make the service exempt from Facebook's pattern of moderation failures or the broader evils of the interweb. "We want to create technologies that benefit, rather than harm or are merely neutral on the lives of children".

Facebook in its response wrote: "On Thursday November 30 just after midnight Pacific time we bacame aware that a few people were having issues with their Messenger accounts".

Facebook won't be directly monetizing Messenger Kids, automatically migrating kids to real accounts when they turn 13 or collecting data so that it complies with Children's Online Privacy Protections Act (COPPA) law. Any user can download it as it is free and there are no in-app purchases, the company said in a post.

The NSPCC said the app was "a step in the right direction" because it discourages kids from lying about their age to get an account on Facebook, which has a minimum age of 13.

Which is why the endgame is still fairly clear, even if Facebook is playing the "we only want to keep your kids safe" card. How many more years can Donald Trump sustain them?

But business sense aside, you have to ask: should children that young be using social media at all?

Now finish the setup process by creating an account for your child, where all you'll need to do is provide their name.

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