An 11 years old girl’s father has appealed Facebook for faulting to implement its age restriction policy putting his child at risk. Facebook’s policy is, you must be 13 years old to have a new Fb account.
The girl used the social media site(facebook) to set up numerous accounts to contact men and posted and received wrong pictures “of a sexual nature” with a man who is a stranger for her. the unnamed girl started posting suggestive photos of herself on the site when she was 12 years-old. She included information where she lived and where she went to school on the site.
The case was filed years ago and a trial was set to begin on the case when Facebook suddenly decided to settle the suit. Facebook had removed the girls profiles (apparently there were several) but that was not good enough for the girls father and that is when the lawyers got involved.
The family’s lawyer claimed Facebook had a “duty of care” towards the girl and was “negligent” because it has no system in place to stop users from misrepresenting their ages.
The court documents said, “By registering an FB account and using Facebook the child might be exposing herself to sexual predators or other grave risks affecting her emotional and physical health.”
Facebook agent explained, “People have to be 13 to sign up to Facebook. When we become aware that someone is under 13 and they have therefore lied about their age, we remove their account.”
Facebook, which now has more than 1.5 billion users, removes 20,000 underage users a day. The UK Council for Child Internet Safety presented a scheme to ministers to issue electronic tokens to children between the ages of 5-18 to use whenever they logged onto age-restricted sites.