Under-18s face like and streaks bans on social media

Under-18s face  like  and  streaks  bans on social media
Image caption Snapchat displays a fire icon to represent streaks - which represents the fact that two members have messaged each other for several days in a row

To ensure its success, the Information Commissioner s Office (ICO) says that online services must also adopt "robust" age-verification systems.

In addition to calling for an end to children being exposed to so-called "nudge techniques", make the following changes among others for their younger members:

The ICO suggests that firms that do not comply with the code could face fines of up to 20 million euros (£17.2m) or 4% of their worldwide turnover under the General Data Protection Regulation.

"The internet and all its wonders are hardwired into their everyday lives," commented Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham.

"We shouldn t have to prevent our children from being able to use it, but we must demand that they are protected when they do. This code does that."

Her office is now seeking feedback as part of a consultation that will run until 31 May. It is envisaged that the rules would come into effect next year.
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