In 2008, I served on the Internet Safety Technical Task Force, walked out of Harvard Law School’s Berkman Center on behalf of 49 U.S. Attorneys General and MySpace to determine, among other things, whether there was a practical way for social media companies to determine the age of the users. There wasn’t.

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Larry Magid (Gary Reyes/BADpi)

Fast forward to 2022. While the technology is still evolving, there are now ways to accomplish what we couldn’t do more than a decade ago. Meta, in the US, has begun testing new ways to verify age, including Face-Based-Age-Prediction (FBAP) technology that can anonymously determine a person’s estimated age, along with social vouching.

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