February 1, 2019
An independent child safety advisor for Facebook has spoke out against the social media giant and slammed its approach to child protection.
The comments come just days after Facebook’s COO Sheryl Sandberg defended the app that spied on teenagers.
Stephen Balkam, CEO of the Family Online Safety Institute says Facebook’s ‘rather lax approach’ was ‘most concerning’.
Reports found the only child safeguard in place for the data pillaging app the platform was a tickbox which could be selected by the teen without parental oversight.
The ‘research’ app was banned by Apple after the company said the app violated its privacy and data collection rules but is still operational on Android.
Tests conducted by a BBC journalist found youngsters were easily able to sign up without getting permission.
‘Facebook Atlas is a questionable programme on a number of fronts,’ said Mr Balkam, chief executive of the Family Online Safety Institute and a member of ‘Facebook’s Safety Advisory Board.
This article was posted: Friday, February 1, 2019 at 8:03 am