- Facebook has green-lighted a messaging platform for children in sub-Saharan Africa
- Dubbed Facebook Kids, it is targeted at children aged 13 years and below
- The platform comes with features to help children monitor online activities of children
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Facebook has launched a messaging platform for children in sub-Saharan Africa, Briefly.co.za has learned.
The platform, Facebook Kids, is targeted at children aged under 13 years and was released in December 2017 in the United States of America (USA).
It was expanded to over 70 countries in April , and on Wednesday, 10 June rolled out in sub-Saharan Africa.
Per a report by graphic.com.gh, the app is designed to help children connect with family and friends while having fun. Parents are also able to supervise the online activities of children in order to determine what they are exposed to.
Information available shows that it is available for download on the App Store, Play Store and Facebook. In developing the app, Facebook revealed that it consulted with youth advisers who have expert knowledge in online safety, child development and media.
Meanwhile, Africa is set to start enjoying better and faster internet as social media giant, Facebook Inc, and some of the world's largest telecom carriers, including China Mobile Ltd., are collaborating to build a giant sub-sea cable.
Bloomberg reports that the cable will help bring more reliable and faster internet across the African continent.
The project, which is tagged 2Africa, will cost about $1 billion.
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