Cannot Prevent Under Age Access to Social Networking Sites: ISPs

Internet service providers have told the Government that they will not be able to verify whether users are definitely over the age of thirteen while using social networking sites like Facebook.

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Last year, on a directive from the Delhi High Court, the Government had asked ISPs to develop a system to keep out users under the age of 13 from accessing social networking sites. The directive was issued after a public interest litigation sought court intervention to protect children from abuse on social networks.

“It is for the social networking companies to implement the court order. How can ISPs, which are only providing connectivity, know who is opening an account on Facebook and other platforms,” said a representative of the Internet Service Providers industry (via).

The ISPs have told the Department of IT that they would not be able to implement the order. Facebook and Google rules do not allow children under the age of 13 from accessing the networking sites. However, they currently only have grievance officers to resolve complaints.

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