Groups that sign the complaint with the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) argue that Facebook's Messenger Kids app illegally collects children's personal information, even when parental consent is not given.
Furthermore, the letter says that Facebook has not added a COPPA-compliant device to request verifiable parental consent before collecting and managing information about users under 13 years.
The Messenger Kids is a social network designed by Facebook for young children aged between 6 and 12 years who can not create their own Facebook accounts or use the parent social network until they become 13 years old.
The organizations that signed the complaint also say that such a mechanism should guarantee that the user who consents to the collection of the data is the parent of the child who uses the Messenger Kids account, which is supposed to be invalid at this point.
"Messenger Kids allows anyone with a Facebook account who claims to be an adult to create and verify a Messenger Kids account," said the letter from the CCFC (Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood). ads) to the FTC.
That is, although Messenger Kids requires a parent's Facebook account to creation of a Messenger Kids account and to add contacts, but according to CCFC testing, this is easily bypassed by simply creating a new Facebook account.