EU Commission Say Facebook Need To Protect Minors Privacy

It seems very fair to say that Facebook is currently one of the most popular brands in the world today, with a possible transition to an IPO just around the corner and a members list of nearly 700 million users worldwide things seem to be going really well for the social network.

Amongst the sites many millions of registered users it’s reported that an estimated 7.5 million of them are actually underage, it’s this sobering statistic that has forced the EU commission to step in and evaluate leading social networks and suggest to Facebook that they should be doing more to protect minors privacy.

During recent tests the EU examined the top 14 social networking sites, after these tests they found that only two sites, MySpace & Bebo had sufficient settings for children. What’s more worrying is that out of the 14 selected sites only four of them, Netlog, Bebo, SchuelerVZ and MySpace actually blocked messages from people outside the minor’s lists of contacts, to read more on this check out this post from Mobiledia.com.

Although many of the sites that were tested claim to provide safeguards for children, most of these have to be setup by the child themselves. This type of news doesn’t bode very well for Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, recently our very own Maddy Rowe brought us news on how Zuckerberg believes that children under the age of 13 could benefit from being allowed to join his social networking site.

Although he did later go on to say that if current US restrictions were lifted and young children were allowed to access the site then,” Facebook would implement programs and take a lot of precautions to ensure their safety”. What are your thoughts on this?

Do you think sites like Facebook are doing enough to protect the children that use them?

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