Liz Gannes

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Millions of Kids Are Sneaking on Facebook

While Facebook requires users to be at least 13, Consumer Reports projects that an estimated 7.5 million kids are lying about their age so they can use the service, and five million of those kids are age 10 and under. The magazine notes that children may be exposed to privacy and security risks, and tsk-tsks, “What’s even more troubling was the finding from our survey that indicated that a majority of parents of kids 10 and under seemed largely unconcerned by their children’s use of the site.” Facebook, for its part, spun the news by thanking such reports for bringing attention to the issue.


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The problem with the Billionaire Savior phase of the newspaper collapse has always been that billionaires don’t tend to like the kind of authority-questioning journalism that upsets the status quo.

— Ryan Chittum, writing in the Columbia Journalism Review about the promise of Pierre Omidyar’s new media venture with Glenn Greenwald