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Move Fast and Fix Facebook for Kids

Common Sense urged members of the Senate Judiciary, Senate Commerce, and House Energy and Commerce Committees to ask Mr. Zuckerberg five questions on kids' privacy.

Update: June 11, 2018

In response to the recent Facebook data breach, Common Sense Kids Action filed a follow-up letter with the FTC asking that, as the FTC investigates the Cambridge Analytica data breach, they pay particular attention to how teens were affected. Read more

Common Sense and Survey Monkey released the results of a new survey of parents and teens on the subjects of privacy and social media sites. Key highlights include: More than nine in 10 parents and teens think it's important that sites clearly label what data they collect and how it will be used. Learn more about the survey results here.

In advance of the upcoming congressional hearings with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Common Sense is urging legislators to ask Mr. Zuckerberg five questions regarding how he will commit to making young people's privacy a priority.

Our kids are uniquely vulnerable to privacy harms. Their generation can and will be tracked from birth -- if not before -- and will spend their entire lives online to get an education and participate in modern society. Further, they are prone to sharing and impulsive behavior, more susceptible to advertising, and developmentally less able to understand the privacy consequences of their actions and the ways in which their behavior can be monitored, stored, and used.

It is essential that kids have the freedom to make mistakes, try new things, and find their voices without the looming threat of a permanent digital record that could be used against them.They deserve a world in which their daily musings to friends are not assessed by corporations looking to turn a profit or by nefarious actors looking to manipulate their behavior.

Now, more than ever, we need sound policy to protect our kids' privacy and digital well-being. Here are our questions for Facebook, what are yours?

  1. How many teens were exposed in Cambridge Analytica or other apps, and will Facebook explain to them clearly what happened?
  2. Has Facebook taken any steps to protect teens' privacy with respect to sharing information with apps or for ads or targeting or any steps to protect teens' privacy on Instagram at all?
  3. Will Facebook commit to using clear language in its terms of service for teens so teens can make smart, informed privacy choices?
  4. Will Facebook commit to not using teens' information to market products and services?
  5. Will it commit to never having ads on Messenger Kids?
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