September 07, 2011

Facebook Sued by a Father of 12 Year Old Daughter

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A Northern Ireland man has sued Facebook because his 12-year-old daughter was able to post "sexually explicit" photos to the social networking site

A man from Northern Ireland continued to Facebook after her 12 year old daughter was able to publish obscene pictures of herself in the social network, reports the BBC. The case questioned whether Facebook, which officially bars anyone under the age of 13 years to become a member, is sufficient to verify the age of its users.

"My personal opinion is that Facebook is not suitable for people under 18, but the company can not even keep its own policy to keep under-13s," said Hilary Carmichael, the lawyer the father. "An age verification, to request that the passport number, would be a simple to implement for Facebook."


According to Carmichael, the picture was a "sex" and showed a "heavily made-up", "cause provocative", and that made him look "a lot older than his 12 years."

The girl had also published information about where he lives and attends school.


The lawsuit, filed High Court in Belfast on Monday, said that Facebook was "negligent". It also alleges that the website Palo Alto, California-based, "the risk of physical harm and sexual abuse" is a girl.

If you did not remove the account on Facebook, the case promises to "end the application on Facebook is in Northern Ireland", according to the website of Carmichael.


Ms. Carmichael also created another website called "Kids on Facebook," which aims to find other parents who believe that children's rights have been violated by Facebook in the same way.

The case also raises the question: Who is responsible for the welfare of children online, Facebook, parents, or both?


In 2008, Facebook now responded to former Chief Privacy Officer Chris Kelly, New York State Attorney General at the time that Andrew Cuomo (now Governor Cuomo), who said Facebook was "a magnet for those who prey on young people. "Kelly told The Sunday Times of London that both parties must play their part.

"There are multiple layers of responsibility and the key for us is to provide tools that effectively protect children," says Kelly. He added: "One of the things you need to do is to educate children not to meet someone they know online, and to tell their parents where they go and what they do and Parents have an active part in their lives. "


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