Facebook restructures kids team in quest for youth

Facebook's rules require that children be at least 13 to create an account, but many are believed to get around the restrictions. (AFP pic)

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook on Thursday announced it had restructured its team dedicated to younger generations.

Nascent projects such as a "LOL" platform for funny memes were taken off the board at the "youth team" .

"The Youth team has restructured into order to match the top business," said Facebook in response to an AFP inquiry.

Facebook in December 2017 introduced a version of its Messenger. No in-app purchases are allowed.

The social media giant said that the app was created in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Peru and Thailand, as many children were going online without safeguards.

Jennifer Billock said in a blog post marking the app's one year anniversary.

"We conducted parent roundtables in each country."

Facebook's rules require that children be at least 13 to create an account, but many are believed to get around the restrictions.

California-based Facebook has been working to attract and keep young people from the social network by apps such as photo- and video-oriented Snapchat.

Facebook said the reorganization of the team was not related to recent controversy regarding research projects that paid users, including teens, to track their smartphone.

The youth team was not involved with the research project nor did it use any of the data collected, according to Facebook.

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