What does Facebook do? The social media giant tracks more human activity on planet earth than anyone except maybe God Himself. Or Google. No one is doing better, thanks to a few billion regular users who don't know what's going on.
Facebook knows more about you and your online habits than probably anyone except Google. Both companies have collected some sort of dossier after tracking where you go, what you do, who you like, what you search for, but Facebook has taken the online pursuit to a new level. Your children.
Have you ever done what you thought was a good deed that was undone? As they say: " No good deed is punished. " Well, late last year, Facebook decided that before teens might use unauthorized and absolutely unattended accounts on social media.
Translation : " Don't use anything but Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, et al, kids because it is bad for your health online (and ours). "
Enter Facebook's answer to the problem Facebook created. Messenger Kids. Think of it as Facebook Messenger for elementary school kids.
Facebook says it built Messenger Kids, a new version of its popular parental control communications app, to help safeguard young people who may be using unauthorized and unchecked accounts on social media. Critics believe Facebook is targeting kids as young as six to hook them up on their services.
Really? What would happen if Apple did something so public and so overt? Apple strangled older iPhones so they wouldn't be prone to crashing when the batteries got old and worn out and now have dozens of lawsuits to manage. Wouldn't Apple be spearheaded if it sold an iPhone for kids?
So why does Facebook do child predators? To get younger people hooked on Facebook in the most Fisher Price way possible. Their own app and their own likes and their compatriots to follow and their own apps for kids. The part I like best is this:
Facebook says that Messenger Kids will not display ads, nor will it collect data about the children for advertising purposes. Children's accounts are not automatically rolled into Facebook accounts when they reach the age of 13.
What is the keyword? Move on. you can find it. " Automatic ." You know that after a few years of using Facebook Messenger, children automatically become more responsible people, and that they are therefore ripe for choosing Facebook as full members of the online community, right? And what does that mean? Advertising, tracking, data collection, etc.
Does Facebook do all this for child friendliness?
The company will collect the content of child messages, photos they send, what features they use on the app, and information about the device they use.
Tech companies have made a lot more aggressive pressure to target younger users, a strategy that began in earnest in 2015 when Google launched YouTube Kids
See? This kind of tracking and persecution falls under cute and colorful logos from brands we know and use, but what they all want to do to children is what they do to adults already.
What if Apple did what Facebook and Google did?
Would the media be furious if Apple paid reviewers to review new Apple products or services? It would almost be criminal, and Apple executives would find themselves in a one-week Senate meeting. What about Facebook, which says it worked closely with leading experts to ensure that Facebook Messenger for Kids would help safeguard children. As it turns out, Facebook avoided the critical analysis of some experts and funded the so-called experts who thought Messenger for Kids was a good idea.
What would happen if Apple did what Facebook did with Messenger for Kids? Apple was torn apart by critics and the media for doing the right thing in Battery Street, but doing it wrong. Where is the same rage for Facebook Happy Meals for kids?