Social Media: Age

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 5th March 2019.

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Photo of Jim Cunningham Jim Cunningham Labour, Coventry South

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions his Department has had with social media companies on the adequacy of the (a) age limits on users of their services and (b) checks that those companies have in place on the age of users.

Photo of Margot James Margot James The Minister of State, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

The department has regular conversations with social media firms on a variety of issues. We want the UK to be the safest place to be online, including to prevent children under the minimum required age from using social media platforms

As a result, the government has been clear that platforms must do more to enforce their terms of use, especially when children under the minimum required age are using social media platforms. In addition, both my department and other government departments are working with the technology sector to identify new tools and approaches that can be used to verify the age of users.

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