Written evidence submitted by Facebook [MISS0069]




Rt Hon Caroline Nokes MP

Chair, Women and Equalities Committee House of Commons

Palace of Westminster SW1A 0AA



Dear Caroline,


Thank you for the opportunity to give evidence to the Women and Equalities Committee’s inquiry into body image.


As I mentioned in the session, I wanted to write to set out further details about our approach to protecting our younger users from inappropriate posts and behaviour.


Facebook, Instagram and Messenger require everyone to be at least 13 years old before they can create an account (in some jurisdictions, this age limit may be higher). It violates our terms of services to provide a false age when creating an account, and where we find an account that breaks this rule, we remove it. Anyone can report an underage account on Facebook and Messenger by filling out this form and on Instagram by filling out this form.


We have Community Standards in place to help protect all our users from content or activity that might be abusive or harmful. However, in order to keep our younger users safe, we have also developed several policies and tools that only apply to users between the ages of 13 and 18.


For example, on Facebook:



Written evidence submitted by Facebook [MISS0069]







When it comes to ensuring those under 18 on our platform see content that is appropriate to them, the challenges differ to those of ensuring under 13s do not access our platform at all. We are confident that we already have many protections in place, but we are focusing on our approach to identify under 18s as a further step to continue improving our approach to age- appropriate experiences more broadly.

Yours sincerely, Richard Earley

Public Policy Manager, UK



January 2021