US lawmakers continue to consider numerous proposals to tighten controls over how tech giants interact with underage users. For example, one of the bills provides for the introduction of a total ban on the use of social networks by children under the age of 13. With this in mind, Meta* Platforms intends to lower the legal age to use its Quest VR headsets from 13 to 10.
The company confirmed this information, adding that the child could only create an account with parental consent. Recommendations provide children with age-appropriate content and do not serve ads. The account and avatar of users aged 10-12 have the status “Personal”, so it is not possible to track the actions of these users without parental consent. At the same time, interaction with the virtual world of Horizon Worlds is only possible from the age of 13.
Meta* shows the confidence that children want to interact with the virtual world. Therefore, the company decided to lower the age limit and give younger users access to a limited amount of content instead of forcing them to lie about their age when creating an account. Maybe this step helps meta* in the future, if there are legal disputes in which the company could be accused of knowing that children interact with VR applications but did nothing about it. Now meta* At least it can be said that there is an option for the youngest users with limited access and parental controls.
* It is included in the list of public associations and religious organizations for which the court issued a final decision to liquidate or ban activities on the grounds provided for in Federal Law No. 114-FZ of July 25, 2002 “On Combating Extremists”. has met activity”.