Facebook pledges to pro-actively lock accounts of under-13s

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Facebook has pledged to proactively lock children’s accounts if it suspects they are under the age of 13 after a documentary exposed failings in its content moderating system.

The social media giant said it will double the number of people working on its safety and security teams to 20,000, after Channel 4  exposed that Facebook moderators were told not to take any action if content showed a child visibly below Facebook’s 13-year age limit.

Facebook reviewers have now been told that they can suspend any account if they have a “strong indication” that belongs to someone under the age limit. Users are then not able to access their accounts if they do not provide proof of their age.

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