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WhatsApp to raise minimum age limit in EU

By BBC News

The messaging app is changing its rules ahead of the introduction of new data privacy regulations in MayRead full story

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  • I think this will really hurt companies if they set a higher age limit because the majority of social media savvy people are teenagers. At that age, they don’t really care about data privacy. What matters to them are likes, streaks and how popular they can get with the content that they post.

  • Hard enforcement of age limits on social networks will be a massive pain in the neck for these major platform companies.

  • No matter their reason for doing so, I think it’s a smart move to place age restrictions on apps that give users access to people all over the world. We’re in a time where we tiptoe around what the age of maturity can really be classified as. Sure, protecting kids from data sharing is important. Many are absentmindedly using the web and web apps, not thinking of how their private conversations, searches, etc. end up stored away and used for competitive advantage in many cases. WhatsApp being owned

    No matter their reason for doing so, I think it’s a smart move to place age restrictions on apps that give users access to people all over the world. We’re in a time where we tiptoe around what the age of maturity can really be classified as. Sure, protecting kids from data sharing is important. Many are absentmindedly using the web and web apps, not thinking of how their private conversations, searches, etc. end up stored away and used for competitive advantage in many cases. WhatsApp being owned by Facebook really emphasizes this. Facebook takes personal posts, searches, conversations, etc. as a marketing/advertising opportunity. They get paid to tell consumers what they want. Oh, you were talking about taking a trip to Iceland? Let’s get paid to show you deals from third party sites that you’ll likely click through to. WhatsApp won’t function much different, and with younger people not necessarily understanding the importance of their privacy, they’re much more likely to overshare and not consider what they say or search. Aside from that, I’m still in agreement with raising the minimum age, because the number of predators out there that can sneak into inboxes is HAUNTING. Unfortunately, verifying age is just one nearly impossible task, especially with the minimum age being sixteen. *sigh* What a time we live in.

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