Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) UK Accuses Parents Of Helping 13-Year Old’s Open Accounts

Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) UK is at loggerheads with parents in the country over possible violation of terms of service.  According to the social networking company, parents in the kingdom are helping their children open up accounts on its flagship app prior to them attaining 13 years, as required by law.

Facebook UK Defense

Policy director, Simon Miller, made the claims in front of a parliamentary committee while defending the company over claims it was not doing enough to stop kids from opening up accounts. In his submission, the policy director for the UK and Ireland reiterated that it was extremely impossible to clamp down on the vice as parents were actively opening them or aiding.

While appearing at the House of Lords communication committee, The Facebook UK policy reiterated that even though their hands remained tight they are doing all them can ensure minors do not open accounts.


“Often they’ve helped their children to get on Facebook It’s very hard for us to know the person is not the age that they say they are. It is a fundamental problem. We have not found a ready-made solution … when millions of parents are making that decision, how can we enforce our policy, “said Mr. Milner.

Initial research according to Facebook UK shows that there are not many eight-year-olds on the network as made to appear. However, the company acknowledges that there could be far more 10-12-year old most of whom have faked their age. In a bid to prevent the problem from getting out of hand Facebook says it has hired hundreds of safety experts to detect any inconsistencies.

Facebook Fake News Menace

In addition to the age restriction concern, Milner also clarified that most of the news shared on the network was factual amidst claims that fake news on the site might have influenced the just concluded U.S election.

Facebook UK was not the only multinationals to be grilled by the committee, Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) having also come under the microscope over the ‘right to be forgotten policy’. The search giant confirmed that it had received 100,000 requests last year, of which 40% were granted.

Facebook stock was down by 0.25% in Tuesday trading session closing the day at lows of $121.47 a share.

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