Facebook testing 'LOL' app for kids to let users post humorous memes

Divided into categories like "For You", "Animals", "Fails" and "Pranks", it will be a special feed of funny videos and GIF-like clips.

Facebook testing 'LOL' app for kids to let users post humorous memes

San Francisco: Facebook is testing a new app for kids called "LOL" that will let users share and post humorous meme content. A Facebook spokesperson confirmed that it was experimenting with the "LOL" hub for kids.

"We are running a small scale test and the concept is in the early stages right now," the spokesperson said in a statement.

Divided into categories like "For You", "Animals", "Fails" and "Pranks", it will be a special feed of funny videos and GIF-like clips. "LOL is currently in private beta with around 100 high school students who signed non-disclosure agreements with parental consent to do focus groups and one-on-one testing with Facebook staff," said the report.

Facebook-owned photo-sharing app Instagram is very popular among teenagers.

The company last year launched a short-form video app called "Lasso" but the app hasn`t gained much popularity.

According to the report, Facebook is yet to decide if "LOL" will become a stand-alone app or be available in the main app.

Meanwhile, Facebook is facing a "record-setting" fine from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over its handling of user data and privacy violations. According to a report in The New York Times citing sources late Friday, the FTC "is in the advanced stages of its investigation into whether Facebook violated privacy rules and is expected to seek large fines from the company".

The highest financial penalty ever imposed by FTC was $22.5 million on Google in 2012 for privacy violations, and the Facebook fine is "expected to be in the excess of that", according to The Washington Post.

In April 2018, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was called to testify before Congress after British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica gained access to data of nearly 87 million users without permission.

In December, Facebook refuted a New York Times report that claimed it allowed large technology companies and popular apps like Netflix or Spotify access to its users` personal information.

Facebook said it did not give large tech companies access to people`s data without their permission as its integration partners "had to get authorisation from people".

Another New York Times report in late December claimed that thousands of Facebook content moderators rely on inaccurate and disorganised information to determine what content to allow or remove from its platform, accusing the platform of being "ad hoc", "disorganized", "secretive", and doing things "on the cheap".

Facebook also admitted a security breach in September last year that impacted nearly 50 million users. The FTC and Facebook are yet to comment on the report.