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Paper: Social media age limit may rise

A new European Union-set decree may make it illegal for children under a certain age to use social media platforms without parental consent, daily Helsingin Sanomat was first to report.

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Children will soon need permission to use social media. Image: Kimmo Mäntylä / Lehtikuva

A new EU data protection act will limit the possibility of handling the personal information of underage users without parental consent.

The act also applies to social media services such as Facebook and Instagram. In future children will have to demonstrate their parents' consent to use these programs.

The EU age limit is 16 years, but member states may set the limit even lower. Most social media platforms expect users to be at least 13 years of age.

A Ministry of Justice working group is currently considering Finland's response to the EU decree, which will be instated this spring with a two-year transition period.

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