One father in Ireland is suing Facebook. But wait, there’s more!
The father, whose case was brought to the Belfast High Court on Monday, is angry that his 12 year old daughter was able to register for an account on the social network, and post lewd pictures of herself that could attract pedophiles. The girl also decided that showing the world her bits and pieces is no good unless people could track her down, so she let everyone know where she lives and goes to school.
Naturally, the father shut his daughter’s account down – and the daughter just gave him the middle finger and opened another account.
The father argues that Facebook is “guilty of negligence,” and has created “a risk of sexual and physical harm” to his daughter.
The daughter was in the care of Northern Health and Social Care Trust during the time that her sexually-explicit images were posted on Facebook – so guess what? Northern Health and Social Care Trust is also a defendant in the case. Oh snap!
Facebook’s Terms of Service require users to be at least 13 years old, but do not require any kind of proof of age. In other words, you say you’re 13 or 99, no one’s checking IDs. Facebook argues that if a person knows a user to be under 13, they can be reported using a form supplied on the site – and Facebook staff will use their own secret technology to make sure that person does not return.