Zuckerberg asked about CCFC’s Messenger Kids campaign at Senate hearing

On April 10, 2018, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified at a hearing before the Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committees.  Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois asked him a series of questions related to the letter sent to Facebook by CCFC, signed by 117 child development experts and advocates, asking Facebook to scrap the Messenger Kids app for young kids. Here is their exchange:

The FTC must investigate Facebook

CCFC has joined EPIC Privacy and 14 other privacy and consumer advocacy groups in a letter urging the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether Facebook violated a 2011 FTC order when it disclosed the personal data of 50 million Americans to data mining firm Cambridge Analytica. The consent order requires Facebook to get consumers’ approval before it changes their privacy preferences or changes the way it will share data.

Statement from CCFC on Facebook Messenger Kids App Expansion to Android

Date of Release: 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

David Monahan, CCFC (david@commercialfreechildhood.org; 617-896-9397)

Statement from CCFC on Facebook Messenger Kids App Expansion to Android 
Facebook is ignoring concerns of experts about harms linked to children’s social media use

Boston – Wednesday, February 14, 2018 

Statement of Josh Golin, Executive Director, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood:

CCFC Asks Facebook to Scrap New App for Young Kids

Adding to a growing chorus demanding that tech companies act more responsibly, a coalition of more than 100 public health advocates today called on Facebook to pull the plug on Messenger Kids, the first major social platform designed specifically for young children. In a letter written and organized by the Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC), the coalition detailed the ways the new app will undermine children’s healthy development. CCFC also launched a petition calling on Facebook to scrap the app. The action comes on the heels of demands from investors that Apple take steps to address the harms smartphone use has on children and adolescents. 


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