Facebook revealed that about 20,000 children are kicked off the social networking site every day for lying about their age, according to a report from The Telegraph. Despite efforts to enforce the age limit policy, many underage children join the site by pretending to be older than they are.
Mozelle Thompson, Facebook’s chief privacy adviser, told the Australian Federal Parliament’s cyber-safety committee: “There are people who lie. There are people who are under 13 [accessing Facebook]. Facebook removes 20,000 people a day, people who are underage.” He adds that dealing with underage users is something the site works on “all the time”.
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While admitting that Facebook’s mechanism to detect liars is not perfect, Mr. Thompson said that the social networking site would soon be hiring a cybersafety expert to be based in Australia to deal with local complaints and issues.