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“The social network allows users to make video clips to describe likes, peeves, dance styles, and other aspects of their character.

Those clips are woven together to serve as public profiles that can be viewed by other Lifestage members, provided they are young enough.

A tool in the app lets users block and report older users from accessing profiles.

But web safety group Get Safe Online told The Mirror that potential risks are centred around the privacy settings and personal data.

Campaign chief executive Tony Neate, said: ‘Facebook’s new app, Lifestage, is still in its early days, with limited availability just in the US, and all content public and viewable by anyone. This is hugely concerning, particularly for an app that is built specifically for children.’

Facebook has stated that there are a number of checks in place during the testing, making profiles visible only to other under-21s.


The new app is being tested with students in the US.

It is aimed at students aged 13-21, who are attending a school or college.

According to Facebook, it reflects the move to visual-led content on the internet and enables users to use more video, templates and emoji to comment on their friends’ posts.

Lifestage encourages users to  upload videos of their likes and dislikes to build a full profile.

Users can unlock their school or college once 20 students are signed up.

They can find and connect with others at their school or other schools based on similar interests.”