Facebook to launch messaging app for teens

Joanna Estrada
June 3, 2017

Facebook Talk hasn't actually been confirmed by the social media company and it is refusing to comment on it.

According to the website The Information, a software code was found in the main app that revealed signs of new parental controls that would set the app apart from Facebook's Messenger app.

This new app will possibly better appeal to parents who may not allow their younger teens to use Messenger.

Since the app hasn't been officially announced yet, the final product could differ greatly from this initial report, or it could never see the light of day at all. Not only this, parents could control the "Talk" accounts of their children from their main Facebook accounts.

The app is expected to be for those who are 13-years-old and above and will not require the user to have a Facebook profile. For example, a reference to unreleased features, written in plain-English text in the code, says, "Talk is a messaging app where you fully control the contacts".

Here's the thing: Teenagers have access to a plethora of apps that don't restrict their activity, so it's likely they're not going to be willing participants. Sixty per cent of the daily active users of the platform use the chat service every day to send snaps and talk with friends.

Last year, Facebook launched a standalone "Lifestage" app for high schoolers - it was described as a "video yearbook of people at your school" - but that app failed to take off.

It will also include games and masks that teens can use when talking to each other. Another line in the code states that children will talk to parents in Messenger.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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