SNAPCHAT bosses yesterday admitted there is no way they can enforce their own ban on under-13’s getting on the app.
The Children’s Commissioner has called for parents to ban their kids from using the app, warning it is hugely addictive and can damage their mental health.
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And grilled by MPs yesterday, company chiefs admitted their age verification process does not work.
Snapchat director Stephen Collins told the culture committee: “It is not possible to have a foolproof way to keep uinder-13s off any platform.”
He admitted that if the user signs up to Snapchat on the mobile app store, there is no way the company can stop them.
Labour MP Ian Lucas furiously rounded on the bosses for the failing – telling them “it is not acceptable”.
He stormed: “You are responsible for Snapchat, you are responsible for age verification, and it doesn’t work.”
Labour MP and committee member Jo Stevens said: “You don’t take any responsibility before the event – it is always afterwards.
“Something bad has to happen before you think about the consequences. Why don’t you think about things before?”
It is estimated that half of the country’s 11 year-olds use apps like Snapchat and Instagram – despite the ban on pre-teens.
There is mounting concerns that young children are getting hooked to these apps, and that they can be bullied or targeted by paedophiles on them.
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MPs also lashed the company for its controversial ‘Snapstreak’ – a flame which appears when two people message daily.
Committee chief Damian Collins warned kids are getting hooked on keeping the streak going and “anxious” if it vanishes.
Snapchat’s director hinted that the company could ditch or change the function in the wake of the criticism.
Snapchat director Stephen Collins being grilled by the culture committee
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