By: Steve Dellar | 04-25-2018 | News
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EU Slams Facebook As WhatsApp Gets Banned For Under-16s

The European Union is increasing its fight with Silicon Valley after the Facebook scandal.

Following Mr Zuckerberg’s decision to move the rights of some1 billion of its users out of the hands of the EU, which was bound to increase the privacy data laws that would be regulating the social media site, the EU Commission has now hit back by blocking under 16 year olds from using WhatsApp (the fifth most popular social media app used in Europe), although it is not clear how this will be imposed.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">You now need to be 16 years of age to use <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#whatsapp</a> in Europe <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Android Authority (@AndroidAuth) <a href="">April 25, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Currently, the minimum age for users is 13, but Facebook, the owner of Whatsapp, will be forced to review it’s terms of service and ask all of its users to agree to these new terms in the coming weeks.

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The new rule is known as the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and goes into force as from 25 May. According to the new regulation, EU citizens will be able to control what social media companies can do with their information.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">So as WhatsApp announces it’s raising the minimum age limit to 16- we want to know do you think young users will follow the rules or just carry on regardless? Let us know <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BBCBizlive</a> <a href="">@BBCNews</a> <a href="">@BBCWorldBiz</a> <a href="">@SallyBundockBBC</a> 0830BST- BBC News <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Maryam Moshiri (@BBCMaryam) <a href="">April 25, 2018</a></blockquote>

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At the moment, Whatsapp is the fifth most used app on mobile phones in the EU, after Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram and YouTube.

About a third of all 12 to 16-year-olds are using it.

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WhatsApp, which is under widespread regulatory scrutiny after the hearings of Mr Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, in the US in the past weeks, explained that it would follow the new guidelines in the EU and adhere to them: "As we have said in the past, we want to work closer with other Facebook companies in the future and we will keep you updated as we develop our plans."


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Anonymous No. 24144 2018-04-25 : 12:29

Fuck it. Let's ban everyone and go back to BBS

Anonymous No. 24201 2018-04-26 : 00:44

24114 the bbs community never went away. In spite of serious attempts to kill anonymous communities on 8chan 4chan 5chan etc. The communities refuse to die. Guys like Jim Watkins devote serious time and money to keeping people's write to express themselves available. If you can't post anonymously on 4chan anymore. There is almost no place go, except back to Zuckerberg, or Jack. They will end up data mining you and selling your data to the highest bidder. Who oftentimes will be the government you live under.

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