Facebook and Instagram may be forced to remove Likes for users under 18

Social networks may have to stop users under the age of eighteen from liking posts, according to new privacy rules.
The Information Commissioner’s office (ICO) within the United Kingdom has drafted a code of practice to protect children’s safety online.
One of the rules within the code would prevent tech corporations from using “nudge” techniques.

Nudge techniques are defined as anything that would encourage youngsters to provide unnecessary personal information, weaken or turn off their privacy protections, or extend their use.
So that means social networks would have to remove likes for youngsters because information is collected whenever someone clicks the like button.

These rules would additionally have an effect on Snapchat’s streaks, which encourage users to send snaps back and forth daily.
The code of practice is designed around having corporations collect the minimum amount of information on users.
Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said in a statement:

“This is the connected generation. The internet and all its wonders are hardwired into their everyday lives. We shouldn’t have to prevent our children from being able to use it; however we must demand that they’re protected when they do. This code does that.”

This is a first-of-its-kind proposal which is presently out for consultation.
Experts and members of the public can give feedback and have a say in whether or not the code is approved.
If the code is approved, the rules would apply to corporations that offer services within the United Kingdom, whether or not they’re based elsewhere.
Companies that violate the code could face fines up to 4 of their global revenue.