Facebook: ‘Technical error’ let strangers into Messenger Kids chats

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August 30, 2019 By Lisa Vaas

We are “disturbed” to learn that thousands of children using Facebook’s Messenger Kids chat app were able to join group chats with strangers, senators told Facebook earlier this month.

Oops, Facebook said.

In a reply letter this week, dated Tuesday, 27 August, and addressed to Senators Edward J. Markey and Richard Blumenthal, Facebook Vice President Kevin Martin called the foul-up a “technical error”, Reuters reports.

From the letter:
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.

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