How Messenger Kids takes more from families than it gives them

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In 1998, as the internet began to spread across the country, Congress passed the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, or COPPA.

Among the act’s most consequential provisions was a rule that children under the age of 13 could not give out their personal information without a parent’s permission.

Because of the cost of complying with that law, most internet companies have simply forbidden anyone younger than 13 from signing up.But in practice, a decent number of children under 13 wind up using online services anyway.

And if you work at a big, rich social network whose existence is regularlythreatened by the emergence of new networks popular with such humans, all those under-13s may begin to look like an army waiting to attack.

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