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Skout Disaster Reveals Grim Flaws in Teen Social Networks

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Skout thought it was solving a problem when it created a separate social network for teens: Underage users easily circumvented the dating app's barrier to users under 18. Instead, the company found itself at the center of three cases of alleged statutory rape. Where did Skout go wrong? And what can other...
Skout Disaster Reveals Grim Flaws in Teen Social Networks
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Twitter bellies up to booze boosters with Buddy Media

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Want to get the latest news from Miller Light on Twitter? Hold up, youngsters. Twitter and Buddy Media announced a partnership Thursday that will allow Twitter to screen underage users attempting to follow alcohol and other adult brands through the social media service. The news comes as Twitter works to beef...
Twitter bellies up to booze boosters with Buddy Media

It's A Good Thing Facebook's Competitor Path Raised Millions Of Dollars, Otherwise It'd Be Out Of Business

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Last February, mobile social network Path made an expensive mistake. Like many apps, it asked users if it could search their mobile contacts to make friend suggestions upon signup. Unlike many apps, Path never deleted the information from its servers. Even though it says it never used the stored information,...
It's A Good Thing Facebook's Competitor Path Raised Millions Of Dollars, Otherwise It'd Be Out Of Business

Bieber, Rihanna fan sites agree to $1 million FTC settlement for collecting information about children

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The operator of fan sites for musicians Justin Bieber, Rihanna, and Demi Lovato have agreed to pay a $1 million fine for illegally collecting information about underage users, a violation of child online privacy laws. Read full article >>...
Bieber, Rihanna fan sites agree to $1 million FTC settlement for collecting information about children

Facebook admits it is powerless to stop young users setting up profiles

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Director of policy for UK and Ireland admits company 'has not got a mechanism for eradicating problem' of underage usersFacebook has admitted that there is almost nothing it can do to stop young users setting up profiles and potentially being exposed to explicit content, online bullying and grooming.The world's biggest...
Facebook admits it is powerless to stop young users setting up profiles

Windows 8 'Family Safety' feature chaperones underage users through the World Wild Web

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It's not the tantalizing bit of Windows 8 bait you'd expect in the lead up to that revolutionary OS' official launch, but for a certain domestic segment, it'll do. As part and parcel of its Release Preview -- slated for a June bow-- Microsoft's making the busywork of keeping...
Windows 8 'Family Safety' feature chaperones underage users through the World Wild Web

Facebook Is About To Touch The Third Rail Of Social Networking

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Facebook is looking into ways to let children under 13 sign up for the social network, which could set off a whole new round of privacy complaints, The Wall Street Journal reports. The company is currently testing features that would grant access to those under the age of 13, but...
Facebook Is About To Touch The Third Rail Of Social Networking

Mobile flirting app Skouts suspends teen community after rape cases surface

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Having learned of three separate rape cases in which adults used its app to target teens, Skout, a location-based app for flirting with nearby strangers, has shut down its under-18 community. “We recently became aware of some abuses of our service, and as a result, decided to suspend the...
Mobile flirting app Skouts suspends teen community after rape cases surface

Path Settles With FTC Over Alleged COPPA Violations

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Social networking app Path has agreed to a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, the FTC announced Friday, in which the startup will pay $800,000 to settle charges of allegedly collecting information on children under the age of 13. Under the conditions of the settlement, Path will also be required...
Path Settles With FTC Over Alleged COPPA Violations

Habbo Hotel Kids Social Network Reopens For Business Post Pedophile Scandal: Spain, Brazil, Finland First Up

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Habbo Hotel, the under-21 social networking site that was forced to close down earlier this month after it was revealed that people were using it to send sexual and other illicit messages to underage users, is now open up again for business, TechCrunch has learned. Sulake, the Finnish company that...
Habbo Hotel Kids Social Network Reopens For Business Post Pedophile Scandal: Spain, Brazil, Finland First Up

Yahoo to implement new protection rules for users aged under 12 from June 30

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Days before an amended online child protection rule by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) comes into effect, Yahoo has laid out its plans to comply with the changes required. The updated Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), which aims to strengthen privacy protection for children under 13 and give...
Yahoo to implement new protection rules for users aged under 12 from June 30

Egyptian government reportedly preparing a ban on Internet pornography

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What started out as a call by an Egyptian member of parliament, has now reached the Ministry of Telecommunications taking its initial steps to block Internet pornography in the country, local daily, Egypt Independent reports. According to the newspaper, Minister of Telecommunications and Information Technology Mohamed Salem announced that the...
Egyptian government reportedly preparing a ban on Internet pornography

Bieber fan abuse: Artist Arena settles for $1M with FTC for illegally collecting data from children

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The Federal Trade Comission (FTC) today announced that Artist Arena, which runs celebrity sites for fans of Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Demi Lovato, and Selena Gomez, has agreed to settle for $1 million. What was the transgression? The FTC charged that Artist Arena violated the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)...
Bieber fan abuse: Artist Arena settles for $1M with FTC for illegally collecting data from children

Twitter Launches "Age Screening" With Buddy Media, Underage Users Can No Longer Follow Adult Brands

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The next time you try to follow an alcohol company or other brand with age-restricted products who has opted in to Twitter’s new “Age Screening” system, you’ll be required to submit your age, and won’t be allowed to follow if you’re too young. Nothing will change about who people have already...
Twitter Launches "Age Screening" With Buddy Media, Underage Users Can No Longer Follow Adult Brands

Evernote updates its legal and user policies in response to huge growth and business/education focus

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Fresh from launching version 5 of its popular digital note-taking and saving service, 5-year-old US startup Evernote has revealed that it is making a number of changes to its terms of service, private policy and legal system in light of the phenomenal growth it has made in recent times. The...
Evernote updates its legal and user policies in response to huge growth and business/education focus

Three reasons why building a viral app for kids is harder than it looks

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If you’ve ever seen a toddler interact with an iPad (the best being the toddler who didn’t understand why her paper magazine wouldn’t flip), you know that kids are in many ways uniquely suited to playing with tablet or mobile apps — sometimes before they can even read. But developing apps...
Three reasons why building a viral app for kids is harder than it looks
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