Suthers Announces Facebook Agreement

DENVER – Colorado Attorney General John Suthers today announced that he and 49 other Attorneys General have reached an agreement to better protect children online with the popular social networking site Facebook. Facebook, based in Palo Alto, California, has agreed to make changes to its site that will better protect children from predators and inappropriate content. The company will also join a task force with MySpace to study age and identity verification software.

“This agreement follows on the heels of a similar accord we reached with MySpace earlier this year,” commented Attorney General Suthers. “I applaud Facebook for voluntarily implementing these changes to help protect our kids.”

Since 2006, a working group of state Attorneys General have discussed methods of improving safety on social networking sites. The changes agreed to by Facebook include:

  • Providing automatic warning messages when a child is in danger of giving out personal information;
  • Restricting the ability of users to change their listed ages and allowing website staff to review age change requests;
  • Acting more aggressively to remove inappropriate content and groups from the site, including regularly severing any links to pornographic websites;
  • Requiring third party vendors to adhere to Facebook’s safety and privacy guidelines;
  • More prominently displaying safety tips; and
  • Requiring users under 18 to affirm they have read Facebook’s safety tips when they sign up

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