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UK wants Facebook to remove its Like button for younger users

UK wants Facebook to remove its Like button for younger users


On Monday April 15, 2019, Engadget wrote:
The country's data watchdog also wants location-tracking turned off for teens.

The recommendations form part of a new 16-rule code of of practice for age-appropriate design drafted by the UK's data watchdog, the Information Commissioner's Office .

The ICO said the code was informed by views and evidence gathered from designers, app developers, academics and civil society.Therefore, those who fail to comply by the safety standards would face the same punishments, including fines of up 20 million Euros or 4 percent of a company's annual global turnover, depending on which is higher.

Last year, a number of ex-Facebook staffers told the BBC the platform had deliberately created features to keep users addicted to its app.

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