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A new law banning under 13s from social media has been proposed by health secretary Matt Hancock

Post by Guest on Thu Oct 25, 2018 8:49 pm

A new law banning under 13s from social media has been proposed by health secretary Matt Hancock.

He said Facebook, What's App and other social media giants should be legally required to stop under-aged children joining their sites. He accused the companies of doing “absolutely nothing” to stop under 13s getting onto sites like Facebook or under 16s using What’s App.

Asked if there should be a minimum and enforced legal age requirement in an interview in Parliament’s House magazine, he said: “Yes, yes there should. Absolutely.”

Ofcom estimates a quarter of eight to 11 year olds have social media accounts, often gaining access by lying about their age.

But Mr Hancock said: "The terms and conditions of the main social media sites are that you shouldn’t use it under the age of 13, but the companies do absolutely nothing to enforce against that. And they should, I think that should be a requirement.”

“You shouldn’t be on WhatsApp, according to their own terms and conditions, before you’re 16.

“And yet, the pressures that people feel under when they’re on a WhatsApp group to respond, to wake up in the middle of the night to get back to messages – this is teenagers or young kids who aren’t even teenagers yet.


https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/10/25/new-law-banning-13s-social-media-has-proposed-health-secretary/

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Post by nicko on Fri Oct 26, 2018 11:17 am

I agree !
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Post by Original Quill on Fri Oct 26, 2018 5:33 pm

It's a Brit problem. That law would never pass in the US, as it would ipso facto be a violation of the First Amendment, freedom of speech clause of the Constitution.

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Post by Lord Foul on Fri Oct 26, 2018 6:24 pm

better idea would be to ban "smart" devices for under 16's except under direct parental supervision

only allow phone and text.(SMS only not MMS)

there can be no conceivable need for an under 16 to need a smart device AT ALL.....and clearly they cannot be trusted to use them sensibly.


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Post by veya_victaous on Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:11 am

the problem is it very hard to enforce.

what sort of works is a law preventing companies have 'profile data' on under 13s (or whatever age)
thus putting more onus on them to not just allow kids to put in a different date of birth
they already counter reference everything, so there is no way they don't know there is conflicting date of birth data

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Post by Tommy Monk on Sat Oct 27, 2018 1:59 pm

I agree with LF.

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