Facebook is the largest social media network with over 1.3 billion active users, with Q2 2014 revenue of $2.9b. But, how can Facebook determine if users are 13 and over without doing some hard checks?
The answer is they cannot do hard checks, do you really think Mark Zuckerberg and team will walk aimlessly to where all users live to double check their ages – or course not. But there is one simple answer to the problem of underage Facebook users, which will stop parents/guardians worrying.
Parents/guardians are always worried about their child using Facebook, some do allow their child on the social media site and trust them. But, there is always someone on Facebook who are up to no good. In this we mean the online bully, trolls and yes in some case weirdo’s who like talking to children.
Facebook requires everyone to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account (in some jurisdictions, this age limit may be higher). Creating an account with false info is a violation of our terms. This includes accounts registered on the behalf of someone under 13.
The Facebook age to join is 13 and over, but you can bet your bottom dollar there are millions under this age happily or unhappily tapping away at the keyboard interacting with other Facebook users.
Kids under 13 should NOT be on Facebook, but there is no way to stop them being on there interacting with others. Some parents/guardians will never know if their child in on Facebook, because all they do is install the Facebook app onto their phones, which they will then use when not in front of the parent/guardian.
There is one solution, one-off bank payment. All it takes is to fill out the normal fields to sign-up to Facebook and then add bank details. $1 USD will be taken from your account, and by doing this one-off payment Facebook can do a background check to determine peoples age.
Some believe this is a good idea, because if someone needs finding for any giving reason on Facebook they can easily be traced to an address thanks to the bank details. And of course Facebook would know how old you are when you sign-up, which you cannot cheat the system then.
Would you add your bank details to join Facebook? Is it a good idea to pay $1 after entering your bank details so Facebook can check your age?