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The debut this month in the U.S. of a version of Messenger mobile application for children younger than 12 marked the first time leading online social network Facebook has stepped into the sensitive market.Facebook said the new app, with no ads or in-app purchases, is aimed at 6- to 12-year-olds and only allows children to connect with people approved by their parent.Two U.S. senators wrote Thursday to Facebook with concerns about how children's personal data might be collected or used in Messenger Kids.With Messenger Kids, Facebook gets children to spend time on the internet and social networks, said David Monahan of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood.Google charges a one-time $30 licensing fee per Chromebook, and claims that more than 20 million students use its devices in schools around the world.
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