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Tech & ScienceFacebook design flaw let thousands of kids join chats with unauthorized adults

12:26  23 july  2019
12:26  23 july  2019 Source:   msn.com

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A design flaw in Facebook ’s Messenger Kids app allowed children to sidestep parental protections through the group chat feature. As a result, thousands of children were left in chats with unauthorized users, a violation of the core promise of Messenger Kids .

Flaw in Facebook kids app let children chat with unapproved users. A group chat flaw meant unauthorised users, potentially adults , could interact with under-13s. A new Facebook privacy flaw allowed thousands of children on Messenger Kids to enter group chats with strangers.

Facebook design flaw let thousands of kids join chats with unauthorized adults © Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge

Facebook’s Messenger Kids app is built around a simple premise: children shouldn’t be able to talk to users who haven’t been approved by their parents. But a design flaw allowed users to sidestep that protection through the group chat system, allowing children to enter group chats with unapproved strangers.

For the past week, Facebook has been quietly closing down those group chats and alerting users, but has not made any public statements disclosing the issue. The alert, which was obtained by The Verge, reads as follows:

Hi [PARENT],

We found a technical error that allowed [CHILD]’s friend [FRIEND] to create a group chat with [CHILD] and one or more of [FRIEND]’s parent-approved friends. We want you to know that we’ve turned off this group chat and are making sure that group chats like this won’t be allowed in the future. If you have questions about Messenger Kids and online safety, please visit our Help Center and Messenger Kids parental controls. We’d also appreciate your feedback.

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Facebook confirmed to The Verge that the message was authentic, and said the alert had been sent to thousands of users in recent days. “We recently notified some parents of Messenger Kids account users about a technical error that we detected affecting a small number of group chats,” a Facebook representative said. “We turned off the affected chats and provided parents with additional resources on Messenger Kids and online safety.”

The bug arose from the way Messenger Kids’ unique permissions were applied in group chats. In a standard one-on-one chat, children can only initiate conversations with users who have been approved by the child’s parents. But those permissions became more complex when applied to a group chat because of the multiple users involved. Any individual child could invite an authorized user into a group chat, even if that user wasn’t authorized to chat with the other children in the group. As a result, thousands of children were left in chats with unauthorized users, a violation of the core promise of Messenger Kids.

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A flaw with Facebook ’s app for under-13s meant children came into contact with unapproved The app was meant to only allow children to chat with friends who were approved by a parent. But a design flaw , first reported by The Verge, made it possible for unauthorised users - who may have The Verge reported that “ thousands ” of parents had been sent the message warning them of the issue.

It’s unclear how long the bug was present in the app, which launched with group features in December 2017.

The privacy flaw is particularly legally sensitive because Messenger Kids is designed for children under the age of 13, and thus subject to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA). Some privacy groups have already accused Messenger Kids of violating COPPA by collecting user data, and this latest privacy flaw will only heighten those concerns.

The issue also comes at an awkward time for Facebook as a company, which is currently settling charges related to Cambridge Analytica with the Federal Trade Commission. The settlement, which could be publicly revealed as soon as this week, is rumored to include a mandatory privacy committee and $5 billion in fines for Facebook as a company, but no move towards personal liability for CEO Mark Zuckerberg. As a result, it has been widely criticized as insufficient to force the company to adopt stricter privacy protections.

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