Jeremy Hunt has told Facebook to “stay away from my children”, after he launched a new email application for children.
The social network announced on Tuesday that it was testing Messenger of Children in the US for those under the age of 13 years may not register for its full service.
The health secretary has taken to Twitter to condemn the new tool, saying that the firm had promised to prevent under-age use of the product.
“On the contrary, they are actively targeting young children,” he writes.
“Stay away from my children thanks to Facebook and act responsibly!”
The end of the Twitter post by @Jeremy_Hunt
According to the BBC’s North America technology reporter, Dave Lee, the prevention methods to stop under-age children using Facebook are “trivial”, which means more than $ 20 million in under-13 years of age are thought to be using the network.Well-documented,’
Messenger Children is a simplified version of Facebook’s existing messaging application that requires parents to approve all the contacts added by their children.
Once confirmed to be safe, the friends can do live video chats, send pictures and text to each other.
The company said that it offers a more appropriate application, whose parents could allow their children to use tablets and smartphones.
He has not responded directly to Mr Hunt’s tweet, but in a blog post, Facebook’s Loren Cheng said the company had spoken to thousands of parents and dozens of experts in child development and safety online.