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Facebook’s controversial Messenger Kids app arrives on Android

Engadget logo Engadget 2/14/2018 Mallory Locklear
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Facebook's Messenger app for kids launched in December, though only for iOS, and last month, Facebook made it available for Amazon Fire tablets. Now, TechCrunch reports, and Facebook confirmed to us, that Messenger Kids will be available for Android devices starting today.

The app gives parents the control over who their kids talk to, allowing them to add or delete contacts, and sends them notifications if their children report or block anyone they've been chatting with.

For kids, the app provides them with a way to text or video chat with their friends and family while offering all of the visual fun of GIFs, frames, emojis and masks.

And maybe the best part, kids don't need a Facebook account to use it, only their parents do.

However, the app has drawn skepticism from those concerned about exposing kids to social media and overuse of digital technology.

Messenger Kids for Android will be available today through Google Play. Facebook says the app will also have a slew of Valentine's Day-themed masks, stickers and frames for users to play with.

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