Australia is Planning to Force Parental Consent for Children on Social Media

Australia is planning to make social media companies obtain the parental consent for all the users who are under 16. The government has threaten to fine of almost AUD 10 million for the Internet platforms which fail to comply. Social media companies like Reddit and a dating app like Bumble are required to take all the necessary steps for determining the users age.

The new rules will put Australia among the most restrict countries in terms of age controls for the social media and built on the efforts to rein in the power of Big Tech. Facebook faced severe criticism from the US lawmakers after a whistle-blower came up with thousands of documents to the congressional investigators amid the concerns the company has harmed the mental health of the children.

The director of Facebook of public policy in Australia and New Zealand, Mia Garlick has said that the company was reviewing the new law and has understood the importance of ensuring privacy laws of Australia.

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