About 20,000 children are kicked off Facebook every day for lying about their age, according to a report from The Telegraph
Facebook chief privacy adviser Mozelle Thompson told Federal Parliament’s cyber-safety committee: “There are people who lie. There are people who are under 13 (accessing Facebook). Facebook removes 20,000 people a day, people who are underage.” He also adds that dealing with underage users is something the site works on “all the time”.
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Seven million Australians access Facebook every day, nine million access it each week and nearly 11 million visit the site each month. Mr Thompson said Facebook would soon hire an Australian cybersafety expert who would be based in Australia to deal with “policy issues”.
On the other day, The NewYork Times reported that, the risks for under-age members of social networks are not theoretical. The fake ID has gone digital, and spread to elementary school.
ComScore, a firm that measures Internet traffic, estimates that 3.6 million of Facebook’s 153 million monthly visitors in this country are under 12. Some of those visitors may not have Facebook accounts and may simply be visiting public pages. (It reached that figure by cross-referencing its own traffic analysis with household demographics.)