This wouldn’t be a bad media literacy lesson! I had to click from CNN to Fast Company to AllFacebook.com to get to the original coverage in Australia’s Daily Telegraph , which reported that “about 20,000 children are kicked off Facebook every day for lying about their age” (language that oddly suggests punishment). The Daily Telegraph was basing its lede on a statement made by Facebook adviser and former US Federal Trade Commissioner Mozelle Thompson on a panel before the Australian Parliament’s Cyber-Safety Committee. What Mr. Thompson actually said, according to both the Daily Telegraph and PC Magazine was that “Facebook removes 20,000 people a day, people who are underage.” The site later clarified that, saying “those 20,000 removals cover a variety of policy violations, including spam, inappropriate content, and underage use,” PC Magazine reports. Facebook’s Terms of Service have a minimum age of 13 for anyone setting up an account, and the site does disable or block thousands of under-age accounts a day, its chief security officer, Joe Sullivan, told the New York Times. The Pew Internet & American Life Project reported about a year ago that 82% of US 14-to-17-year-olds use social network sites The percentages for younger users were 62% of US 13-year-olds and 46% of 12-year-olds.
Facebook deletes ‘thousands of U13 accounts a day’
NetFamilyNews – by Anne Collier
- New Facebook policy targets guns, other regulated items
- Google’s new learning tool that learns
- The flap over Talking Angela the chatbot app
- About the worldwide ‘selfie’ phenomenon
- How technology will improve the well-being of young adults
- Calling our children narcissists on ‘a sociopathic scale’: Really!?
- Nothing complicated about this: Read ‘It’s Complicated’!
- Teens’ own (wise) perspectives on life with social media
Analysis & News – by Larry Magid
- Adults spend 11 hour a day using electronic media
- Smartphones that promise user privacy
- Author danah boyd on why teens and social media are ‘complicated’
- Security experts at RSA decry government hacking
- In defense of Internet safety education
- ‘Neknominate’ is a stupid and potentially deadly online dare game
- Confessions of a binge viewer
- People who suffer from so-called ‘game addiction’ have other problems