Mark Zuckerberg, founder and chief executive of Facebook, caused a bit of a strike earlier this week when he pronounced that children under the age of 13 must be permitted to utilize the social network.
The present age limit would be challenged “at some point,” Zuckerberg said in a summit on innovation in schools and teaching in Newark, New Jersey.
When the time comes Facebook will be fully in its privileges to do so.
If we could study something from the Twitter super-injunction line more than the previous two weeks, it is that the internet is a space which could not be simply managed. Nor could the proprietors of the proposals on which most digital social communication occurs, be trusted upon to be the gatekeepers.
“Recent reports have highlighted just how difficult it is to implement age restrictions on the internet and that there is no single solution to ensuring younger children don’t circumvent a system or lie about their age,” the spokesperson of the Facebook added.
We want to stop blaming the likes of Facebook and Twitter for not monitoring those who break super-injunctions or avoiding “under-age children” from getting social network profiles.
In its place, real human beings on the ground, like parents and legislators, need to put into effect the rules of society we anticipate to be sustained in the digital space.
Parents should be the one who make sure their children behave properly online and be aware of the dangers of the web and we should not blame Mark Zuckerberg on the problems of our children. Recently as it is the liability of the British legal system to carry the privacy laws of the UK in line with the activities on locations similar to Twitter.
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