In the final hour, the UK decided opt out of a proposed European Union privacy law that would have required kids under 16 to get parents’ permission to use social media — a switch from the current age of 13. And the final wording on the legislation changed as well — it now reads that EU member states can make their own choice: They can either raise the age of social media consent or leave it as is at 13 (what it currently is in the US and in many other countries in the world).
The law would have required under 16-year-olds to have their parents’ permission to use sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, and Google, which would have presented an enormous challenge for the social media sites. For now, it appears that they’ll stay open to tweens. Read more here.