Now users under 14 can not use facebook
In theory, to register on Facebook or Instagram, it is necessary to be over 13 years old. Yet most of us know younger people being present on these social networks. It must be said that the security system is virtually non-existent, but things could change dramatically with new measures in the future.
An inquiry from a British media
Today, it is enough to provide a fake birth date to register on Facebook when one is under 13 years old and to settle the question of the prohibition. For an account to be deleted, it had to be reported by other users …
And even in this situation, against all odds, nothing was guaranteed! Moderators tended to ignore these situations according to a Channel 4 survey. They were even encouraged to act as if they did not see that the person on the account was too young for the social network. A new controversy that does not really arrange the Facebook business already in trouble in the eyes of the general public, parents and governments because in many countries such as France, the use of this type of service is prohibited by law. under 13 years old.
The difficulty of keeping a young audience
As expected, Facebook and Instagram will now try to have a more pro-active role. When an account is flagged for any offense, moderators may ask the person to provide an ID showing their age and, if applicable, to block their account. However, it is not yet a question of flushing out user accounts too young according to the American media Techcrunch . A challenge when you think about the number of people on the social network (more than 2.2 billion).
For Facebook, beyond bad publicity, it’s not good news at all. Indeed, this desire to discard young profiles could make him lose even more place among the profiles of adolescents. A population that is very popular with advertisers, but already has a strong propensity to desert the platform. Mark Zuckerberg and his teams will have to engage in a funny balancing act to please everyone and preserve their income.
Social network is looking into the design of a new communications satellite
While it has recently abandoned its drone project supposed to connect the world, the social network is looking into the design of a new communications satellite.
According to our colleagues at Wired , Facebook is working on a new satellite project that could allow it to connect the world to the Internet. In an exchange of emails between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the social network, the latter indicates that the satellite’s objective is to ” provide Internet connections in poorly or under-served areas “. Named Athena, the project could see the light in 2019.
This satellite is reminiscent of an old initiative of the company that had resulted in an accident in 2016. Led by the company SpaceX, the rocket carrying Facebook satellite estimated at $ 95 million has exploded since its launch, without any victim being happily regretted. Following this bad experience, Zuckerberg’s company then turned to Aquila, a solar drone project aimed at providing an Internet connection to remote areas. Nevertheless, Facebook finally abandoned the initiative , arguing that many other companies were also working on such a project. Despite this announcement, the firm had made it clear that it would continue to take a close interest in the issue of Internet connectivity around the world.
Facebook joins the initiatives of Google and SpaceX
To achieve this goal, the company will have to compete with projects from companies like Google and SpaceX, which both seem more advanced than Facebook. A few days ago, Alphabet indicated that Loon was becoming a full-fledged entity, which should be ready to launch its balloons in Kenya as early as 2019. For its part, SpaceX is working on Starlink, an initiative already authorized to send 4,425 satellites into space. In the near future, the company is expected to send some 7,500 other spacecraft in low Earth orbit.