A few weeks after two US senators raised privacy concerns about the Facebook application, this company confirmed a flaw in its Messenger Kids app and mentioned that this company spoke to the US Federal Trade Commission about this issue.
Facebook Vice President Kevin Martin wrote a letter to these two Democratic senators and mentioned that “We are in regular contact with the FTC on many issues and products, including Messenger Kids,”. Kevin Martin described this issue as a “technical error”.
This letter was sent to Democratic senators Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on August 27.
Facebook also mentioned in its letter that “Based on our review, we have determined that the technical error you have inquired above arose in October 2018. The fix we implemented is designed to prevent the issue from happening again,”.
On Wednesday these two senators announced that they are disappointed by Facebook’s approach on the matter.
Senator Markey and Blumenthal said in response to Facebook’s letter that “We are particularly disappointed that Facebook did not commit to undertaking a comprehensive review of Messenger Kids to identify additional bugs or privacy issues,”
On August 6, the senators had written to Facebook about their concern regarding the poor privacy protection for children using the Messenger Kids app and sought transparency.
The senators also wrote a letter to Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg and they were worried about this application that allowed thousands of children to join group chats in which not all members of the group were approved by their parents.
Facebook has agreed in July to pay a record $5 billion fine to resolve an FTC probe into its privacy practices and will boost protection on user data.