Facebook bans 20,000 accounts daily

Facebook bans 20,000 accounts daily

Summary: Facebook bans 20,000 users per day for various infractions. The company requires that you are at least 13-years-old to use the social network.

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Facebook chief privacy advisor Mozelle Thompson appeared before the Australian Parliament's cyber-safety committee this week to discuss Internet-related security issues. Thanks to the event, we learned that about 20,000 users are kicked off Facebook every day for various infractions, including for lying about their age.

"There are people who lie. There are people who are under 13 [accessing Facebook]," Thompson told Federal Parliament's cyber-safety committee, according to The Telegraph. "Facebook removes 20,000 people a day, people who are underage."

Although the company requires its users to be at least 13-years-old, the limit is easily circumvented, like on pretty much any website on the Internet. "While the social network has mechanisms to detect liars," Thompson admitted that "It's not perfect".

The original report suggested that the 20,000 accounts banned daily are all for individuals found not to be at least 13-years-old. This is not true; the number actually includes accounts deleted for any serious rule-breaking. Furthermore, it does "not include the proactive efforts that actually prevent fake or under age accounts from being created."

"At Facebook, we take safety very seriously and we were pleased to participate in a hearing in Australia to talk about our safety policies, practices and systems," a company spokesperson said in a statement. "As we explained in the hearing, these efforts include removing numerous accounts everyday for activities including spamming, posting inappropriate content, and violating age restrictions."

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Emil Protalinski

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  • Nothing wrong with enforcing rules.

    I don't see a problem here. FB has a TOS and they are just enforcing the rules.
    wackoae
    • RE: Facebook bans 20,000 accounts daily

      @wackoae

      No kid should be on facebook and I mean no kid. Just look at how many got Abused raped and killed from MySpace.com. No matter how secure Facebook can get, there is no better protection them wise parents and respectful kids who don't take things for granted. Cell phones are more then enough, but even that is pushing freedom limits in my head
      Ez_Customs
      • RE: Facebook bans 20,000 accounts daily

        @Ez_Customs [citation needed]
        genewitch
      • RE: Facebook bans 20,000 accounts daily

        @Ez_Customs agreed there should be restrictions. However we run a <a href="http://www.theessentialfly.com">fly fishing</a> business and are trying to encourage young members and Facebook is a tool to help do this, age restrictions and controls would be better than banning.
        ack2510
    • RE: Facebook bans 20,000 accounts daily

      @wackoae true
      Jimster480
    • RE: Facebook bans 20,000 accounts daily

      @wackoae Maybe any publicity isnt good publicity after all <br><a href="http://www.prlog.org/11687672-kindle-4-black-friday-kindle-4-deals-2011-amazon-kindle-4-black-friday-kindle-4-2011-sale.html">Black Friday Kindle 4</a>
      delpi98
  • At least 13?

    And how exactly do they enforce that?
    Economister
    • RE: Facebook bans 20,000 accounts daily

      @Economister I see what you are saying BUT... I think there are other ways to show your love for her. If she were to start drinking?? Would you just make sure she only drinks with certain people..?? Or that she ONLY drinks part of a beer each day?? I don't know.. I guess it is all in where you decide to draw the line with <a href="http://www.theessentialfly.com">fly tying materials</a>... Seems like once we HAVE something it is hard to reverse... <a href="http://www.allsports24.de">Sportnahrung</a>
      dejan001
  • My Niece is on and under the age of 13

    Along with many of her friends. She made her profile say she was 17 and she is only going to be 12. I have informed her and her parents of this many times. I think I shall share this information with her and her parents once again.

    Besides she is not very safe on FB and posts revealing information about herself. I have tried to correct that too with not much luck.
    bobiroc
    • RE: Facebook bans 20,000 accounts daily

      I think I would just report the account... Her Parents never have to know...
      dirtyfarmer
      • RE: Facebook bans 20,000 accounts daily

        @dirtyfarmer Wow. Nice way to stay out the business of other family members. I remember giving a few choice words to my uncle for having me locked up on Christmas for "juvenile delinquency". Are you freakin' kidding me??? Glad he's dead now. I smiled a deep and wide smile when I found out he was dying from cancer - a slow and PAINFUL death. Horrible? Yeah, well so was spending Christmas in jail at 16 years old. He was a cop so he got them to bend to the rules to keep me there.

        Food for thought pal.
        blueskip
      • RE: Facebook bans 20,000 accounts daily

        @blueskip

        Wow!! So you broke the law and your Uncle, the cop, upheld and he is the jerk? Sounds like you should have stayed in jail.
        bobiroc
      • RE: Facebook bans 20,000 accounts daily

        @blueskip you're not right in the head buddy. You feel like dying from cancer is an appropriate punishment to putting a kid in jail for one day because you broke the law? Go get help, society doesn't need people like you.
        jmckay417
      • RE: Facebook bans 20,000 accounts daily

        @dirtyfarmer
        done that! fb felt the account was from a older girl as per the faked BD used.
        charlieg1
      • Wow. I knew there where F'd up people in this world

        @blueskip
        but I never believed people like you would come here to post.
        Be happy he bent the rules and had you locked up for "juvenile delinquency", as I have a feeling whatever you did was alot worse and he was doing you a favor.
        You'd hate prison from what I here.
        John Zern
    • RE: Facebook bans 20,000 accounts daily

      @bobiroc <br><br>good luck with that! i'm going though the very same thing. only it's my 12 year old grand daughter, my daughter states she dosen't have a FB, bs it's under a different name.
      charlieg1
      • RE: Facebook bans 20,000 accounts daily

        @charlieg1 EVERYONE has a facebook, even people who don't have facebook ;)
        Jimster480
    • RE: Facebook bans 20,000 accounts daily

      @bobiroc I am sure there are lots of young girls on FB who lie about their age. Facebook is "cool", and everyone wants to be "cool".
      Jimster480
      • RE: Facebook bans 20,000 accounts daily

        Every one of my daughter's middle-school class has an account, most are 12 years old... she just turned 13. As a parent, I have complete control of her account, and get emails on every post, every comment, and have her password. We discuss with her what to share, and why not to share some information. We've banned some of her classmates, and even notified their parents when inappropriate stuff is posted. Computers in our house are all in one room, and we do this stuff together. In addition, we use openDNS to limit inappropriate content.<br><br>The bottom line: Parents: be open and honest with your kids, trust but verify... We need to teach them right from wrong and allow them to make their own mistakes. We can't protect them 24/7, but we can arm them to protect themselves.
        Sawyer7271
      • Re: Arm them to protect themselves

        @Sawyer7271

        Very well said and you sound like a great parent. The kind parent my parents are. This is the exact point I have been trying to make. You cannot (and should not) keep them in the dark about the dangers in the world but teach them about it and guide them to be smart, safe, and responsible people so they can protect themselves.
        bobiroc