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This photo provided by Facebook demonstrates parental controls on Facebook's new Messenger app for kids. Facebook is launching the messaging app for children to chat with their parents and with friends approved by their parents. The free app is aimed at kids under 13, who can't yet have their own accounts under Facebook's rules, though they often do. (Courtesy of Facebook via AP)MoreCloseclosemore
This photo provided by Facebook demonstrates parental controls on Facebook's new Messenger app for kids. Facebook is launching the messaging app for children to chat with their parents and with friends approved by their parents. The free app is aimed at kids under 13, who can't yet have their own accounts under Facebook's rules, though they often do. (Courtesy of Facebook via AP)

Facebook is opening its doors to children under 13 years old with an app called Messenger Kids. It requires a parent's approval and oversight, but the app has reignited debate over safety and child development.

Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson speaks with Kurt Wagner (@KurtWagner8), senior editor of social media for Recode, about the app.

This segment aired on December 5, 2017.

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