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Recode Daily: Facebook launched a version of its Messenger chat app for kids who are too young for Facebook

Plus, digital ads beat traditional TV ads for the first time, Netflix will finish Season 6 of “House of Cards” and where Silicon Valley goes to find its soul.


Facebook believes that children are its future, so the company has created a “youth team” of around 100 employees to build products for kids and teens — creating a pipeline for children as young as 6 years old to become regular users. One of the things they’ve come up with is a version of Messenger specifically for kids under 13. Meanwhile the BBC launched a new website to help 9-to-12-year-olds navigate online risks, part of a three-year, $45 million investment in children’s programming. [Kurt Wagner / Recode]

Facebook wants to spend a “few billion dollars” for streaming sports rights, and the company is seeking an exec to negotiate with the leagues. In September, the social giant bid $600 million to stream cricket matches in India. It didn’t get that deal, but it was a clear sign that Facebook is willing to spend significant money for sports. [Peter Kafka / Recode]

YouTube says it will hire more humans to scour the site for offensive videos. CEO Susan Wojcicki says she will employ more than 10,000 people to do that work next year; that's a 25 percent increase. Her note comes after a report about YouTube videos apparently targeted toward pedophiles; YouTube spent much of last spring mired in a similar controversy. [BuzzFeed]

It finally happened: Advertisers spent more on digital this year than on traditional TV. In 2017, digital ad spending reached $209 billion worldwide (41 percent of the market), while TV brought in $178 billion (35 percent); next year, digital ad spending is expected to grow by 13 percent to $237 billion. [Peter Kafka and Rani Molla / Recode]

Netflix has reached an agreement to resume production of sixth and final season of “House of Cards,” starring Robin Wright. Production was suspended in October after sexual harassment allegations surfaced against star Kevin Spacey, who will not appear in the last eight episodes of the series. And PBS is replacing Charlie Rose with Christiane Amanpour on “an interim basis”; PBS and Bloomberg severed ties with Rose after The Washington Post and other outlets reported on sexual harassment allegations in Rose's past. [Todd Spangler / Variety]

In a win for Trump’s White House, the Supreme Court allowed the third version of his travel ban to go into effect while legal challenges continue. The administration can fully enforce its new restrictions on travel from eight nations, meaning that citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Chad and North Korea will be barred from entering the U.S. Trump also downsized two national monuments in Utah by two million acres, and gave a full endorsement of Roy S. Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama embroiled in accusations that he had inappropriate sexual relations with underage girls. [Adam Liptak / The White House]

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