Facebook: Do not target kids under 13
Media reports indicate that Facebook is considering modifying its current age restrictions to allow accounts for children 12 and under. Once on Facebook, children will become part of one of the Internet’s most expansive personal-data-collection and profiling platforms and will be exposed to highly persuasive and manipulative digital marketing practices. Facebook’s marketing will take advantage of children’s cognitive, social, and emotional vulnerabilities. And it’s not only the marketing that will be harmful. Younger children have not yet developed the maturity and judgment to handle the complexities of cyber “friendships” or grasp the potential consequences of sharing personal information online. Facebook isn’t safe for kids. Please tell Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to drop any plans to target kids 12 and under.
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