The Snapchat age-verification does not work as it should, the company reluctantly admits to Parliament in the United Kingdom…
It’s certainly no secret kids under the age of 13 are opening social media accounts. Although, the various social sites downplay or ignore the problem. Now, there’s official confirmation it does happen.
Snapchat Admits to the UK Government its Age-Verification does Not Work
Confronted by Parliament in the United Kingdom, Snapchat did admit its age-verification does not prevent kids under 13 from creating profiles. (This isn’t a surprise, given it’s comprised merely of asking for a date of birth.)
Stephen Collins, Snapchat’s senior director of international public policy said recently:
“Anybody who works in the internet industry will tell you that it’s not possible to have a foolproof way to keep under 13s off any platform.”
Is @snapchat stopping children below the age of 13 from making an account as per their policy? @ianClucas tested out the age verification restrictions in front of Snapchat at our evidence session today. It didn’t work. Here’s what happened: pic.twitter.com/96pUSQ5P0P
— Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee (@CommonsCMS) March 19, 2019