Facebook Giving the Boot to More than 20K Users Per Day

By Michelle Amodio March 23, 2011

In what seems like an online version of barring underage drinking at a club, Facebook is ousting about 20,000 users per day, and most of them are being kicked out because they’re minors.

With an age restriction of 13-plus, the social media site realized that underage users were taking advantage of the network. While Facebook doesn’t currently employ any technology (that doesn’t exist, anyway) to prevent the wee ones from lying about their age when signing up, Facebook’s chief privacy advisor Mozelle Thompson is going along with Australia’s cyber-safety committee and is now giving kids the boot.

How Facebook is selecting these profiles remains a mystery; however, Thompson notes that the system is “not perfect.”

U.S senator Al Franken has been behind this for a while. Having penned a letter to Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg in regards to collecting personal data, Franken cited that the “younger users,” meaning the 13-17 group, are “the most vulnerable to predators on Facebook and the rest of the Internet and it should be impossible for them to inadvertently share their phone numbers and home addresses with anyone.”

In a statement, Facebook said those 20,000 removals cover a variety of policy violations, including spam, inappropriate content, and underage use. Facebook users must be at least 13 years old.

"At Facebook, we take safety very seriously and we were pleased to participate in a hearing in Australia to talk about our safety policies, practices and systems," the company said. "

The 20,000 number does "not include the proactive efforts that actually prevent fake or underage accounts from being created.”

Facebook seems to be the go-to site when it comes to nabbing people for stupid, elicit, illegal activity and for performing a character assessment.

A 34-year old Michigan man was recently arrested on polygamy charges and he was caught thanks to his wedding photos, which he posted on his Facebook profile. Richard Barton Jr., of Grand Rapids showcased pictures of his recent happy nuptials but simply forgot one important detail: his first wife to whom he was still legally married had access to said photos.

Michelle Amodio is a TechZone360 contributor. She has helped promote companies and groups in all industries, from technology to banking to professional roller derby. She holds a bachelor's degree in Writing from Endicott College and currently works in marketing, journalism, and public relations as a freelancer.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

TechZone360 Contributor

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