Meta Introduces New Privacy and Security Settings to Keep Kids Safe in Virtual Reality

Meta requests Quest users to provide their date of birth for age-appropriate account settings.

Meta is introducing new privacy and security settings for its Quest virtual reality ecosystem that require users to provide their date of birth in order to customize their account type and settings based on their age. This process is mandatory, and users have 30 days from receiving the notification to complete it. Failure to enter the date of birth within this timeframe will result in the account being blocked.

To ensure the accuracy of the provided information, users will receive a notification prompting them to re-enter their date of birth, which will not be publicly visible but will assist Meta in determining their age. If the provided date of birth does not match the initial one, users may need to provide an official identification document to verify their correct age.

Meta aims to enhance user privacy and security by categorizing them into different age groups: adults (over 18 years old), teenagers (between 13 and 17 years old), and preteens (between 10 and 12 years old). Accounts of minors, especially preteens, will have stricter restrictions and parental control tools associated with them to limit communication with other users and control the games and applications that can be used and downloaded.

This new policy is designed to protect young users from potential harm while using virtual reality technology. By implementing age restrictions, Meta can ensure that minors are only able to access content that is appropriate for their age group, preventing them from exposure to potentially harmful or inappropriate content. Additionally, by providing parents with tools for controlling their children’s use of the platform, Meta aims to empower parents to take an active role in ensuring their children’s safety online.

Overall, this new policy is a positive step towards protecting young users while still allowing them access to virtual reality technology. With these new privacy and security settings in place, Meta can help ensure that its Quest ecosystem remains safe for all users.

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