‘Belly of the beast’: From 13, kids treated as adults online

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Facebook drew outrage for its now paused plans for an Instagram app for kids aged 12 and under. But 13-year-olds are already welcome on social media with few protections and sometimes tragic effects, experts and parents said. That’s because 13 effectively serves as the age of majority online under a two-decade-old law, and is the minimum set by Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snapchat — all of which are massively popular among children. Josh Golin at advocacy Fairplay said the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) intended to protect the privacy of kids aged 12 or under, but was c…

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