Facebook pay out for allowing underage kids to sign-up

14 September 2015

Bitterwallet - Facebook Facebook have agreed to pay out on an undisclosed amount of money in an out of court settlement, to the parent of a girl who, it has been claimed, "was exposed to online sexual predators at the age of 11".

The parent, who has chosen to remain anonymous, sued the social network because they failed to enforce their age restriction policy. There was supposed to be a full trial this month, after years of wrangling, but this out-of-court payment means it'll now be done.

The family's lawyers claimed that Facebook had a "duty of care" towards the youngster, and was "negligent" because they have no system in place to stop users from misrepresenting their ages. Court documents said: "By registering an account and using Facebook the child might be exposing herself to sexual predators or other grave risks affecting her emotional and physical health."

In case you didn't know, to use Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and Tumblr, you must be 13 years old, or older.

"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," said Facebook. "Regarding this legal case, all the parties are bound by the confidentiality terms - including Facebook."

TOPICS:   Social Media


  • Han S.
    Strange how out of court payments always seem to make things alright
  • bill
    Do the parents not have a 'duty of care' to keep an eye on what their 11 year old kid is signing up for on the internet. All they have to do is check their email to see the notifications.
  • Raggedy
    So with one line they're admitting you may be exposed to "sexual predators or other grave risks" and with another they're suggesting these things don't exist or cease to be once you've turned 13? Anyone with a Facebook account under the age of 18 should now sue Facebook for child endangerment. They've got enough money in the FB coffers surely? :-)

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