Messenger & Messenger Kids
Review Date 04/23/2020
What is required to sign up?
Everyone with a Facebook account has access to Messenger. To sign up for Facebook, an email or phone number is required.
How does it handle privacy?
Can I control it?
What could happen if something went wrong
With Facebook-owned apps we always worry there is a good deal that could go wrong. Facebook has a long history of not handling people's personal data with care. In 2019, Bloomberg reported that Facebook hired contractors to transcribe audio messages users sent through Messenger and Facebook confirmed the report. Facebook says it doesn't use the content of messages to choose which ads to show you. But Facebook makes no such claim about the other types of insights tucked inside your messaging app — who you’re speaking to, when you speak to them, and other types of metadata. Also, Facebook markets the Messenger Kids app to children under the age of 13, so parents who let their young children use Facebook Messenger Kids should pay close attention to what their kids share.