There’s no lack of security to protect against the type of age falsification that creates problems on Facebook and sites such as Skout.
Reuters pointed to one such provider, Aristotle International Inc., which offers methods such as having a parent vouch for a child with a token credit card payment. The downsides of such technology: it bleeds away sites’ profits because it costs money, and it drives away children who crave unfettered freedom of communication.
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The converse is true: adults can lie about their birth dates and pretend to be minors.
One example can be found in Skout, a location-based social networking mobile app and website that in June barred minors from using its service, following three separate incidents in which children were allegedly sexually assaulted by adults posing as teenagers.
The two had only a loose relationship on the network.
The man was chatting about sex with the girl and planned to meet her after middle-school classes the next day, according to Reuters.
The conversation was automatically flagged for Facebook employees, who read it and quickly notified the police.
Police took over the girl’s computer and arrested the man the following day, Special Agent Supervisor Jeffrey Duncan of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement told Reuters.
Duncan estimates that for every predator the police intercept due to tips from Facebook and other companies, another ten get through the system undetected.
And while Facebook limits how visible children are to its adult users – minors don’t show up in public searches, only friends can chat with them, and only friends’ friends can send them messages – children are all too capable of lying about their age and pretending to be adults.
The service also banned tens of thousands of infringing devices every month.