Facebook Messenger Kids comes to Android via Google Play

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On Wednesday, Facebook's Messenger Kids was rolled out to Android devices via the Google Play store. The app is available on Google Playstore starting today.

The controversial app from Facebook, Messenger Kids is now made available on Android Platform.

Now, we have known that numerous major platforms like Snapchat and YouTube are pushing for the child-friendly content with the launch of their respective platforms which are most suitable for kids.

The app gives kids the ability to have more fun, the listing on the Play Store claims. When they do that, the parent or guardian will be notified.

Many parents are concerned about their children spending too much time with their eyes glued to a screen, Messenger Kids has raised eyebrows. In a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg late last month, they urged Facebook to discontinue the app over concerns that it will "undermine children's healthy development".

The ad-free app can be installed on a child's smartphone or tablet, but controlled from a parent's Facebook account.

However more than 100 child development experts, health advocacy groups, educators, and parents have called on Facebook to shut down Messenger Kids. At best, Facebook is doing just what it says: it's providing a secure chat experience for young folks under 13 - while also setting them on a very direct course to continue using Facebook. Created to be a fun space for kids, the app lets users video call grandparents and use stickers or GIFs to play and make amusing faces, exchange birthday wishes and decorated photos with other children - provided that both sets of parents have authorized the connection.