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Facebook kicks off underage users


Facebook always had to ask the age of a certain user before one can complete a registration. Did you know that Facebook kicks off 20,000 underage users a day? The data was according to chief privacy adviser Mozelle Thompson.

There's so much to reconsider though as they didn't have enough mechanism to monitor if a child had entered a false age.

There are a lot of children there who lie!

Facebook's CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Senator Al Franken
Nearly half of all US 12-year olds uses networking sites according to the recent Pew study. And privacy concerns in regard to Facebook's younger members have been growing of late. This month, a Minnesota Democrat Senator Al Franken, wrote Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's CEO, to argue for reforms in the privacy measures of the site.

"Under Facebook's policy, 13 million users under the age of 18 may be allowed to share their personal information just like adult users." Franken wrote. "These younger users are the most vulnerable to predators on Facebook and the rest of the internet and it should be impossible for them to inadvertently share their phone numbers and home addresses with anyone."




But Franken's figures don't factor on how many Facebook users are under 13 years of age!

There are a lot of sites which are popular with kids and they handle the issue in so many different ways! MySpace also requires users to be over 13 years old but unfortunately like Facebook, it doesn't have enough monitoring to verify its user's personal information. Both Disney and Yahoo! collects data prior to its membership, and all under 13 years of age needs parental consent before they can register. Though both also have limited scope as to how accurate those information are.

Cheerio!

1 comment:

  1. WELL I GOT KICKED OFF I AIN'T UNDERAGE KID I'M 17 YEARS OLD SYSTEMS ARE CRAP !

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