EU May Quietly Raise Minimum Age for Facebook, Other Social Networks to 16

Facebook’s minimum age of 13 could be bumped up to 16 in European Union countries.

Facebook’s minimum age of 13 could be bumped up to 16 in European Union countries.

The Telegraph reported that a last-minute change to EU data-protection laws would force users under the age of 16 to obtain parental consent prior to creating social media accounts.

Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat and Google currently have age minimums of 13, as well.

According to The Telegraph, once the proposed law is agreed upon, it must be voted on by the European Parliament’s civil liberties, justice and home affairs committee, which is slated for Thursday.

Should that occur, the Parliament itself would ratify the law following the new year, and EU countries would have two years to implement it, The Telegraph reported, adding that failure to comply would cost companies up to4 percent of their revenue in fines.

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