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France proposes parental consent rule for minor-age Facebook users

A draft law in France says children younger than 16 must seek consent from their parents or guardians when opening an account on any social network such as Facebook Inc., Reuters reported.

The proposed measure involves ticking a box to confirm that parental approval has been secured before joining a social network.

The rule is part of a broader data privacy bill that seeks to improve transparency on information held by internet companies about people's activities online. The bill was approved at a cabinet meeting and will need to be approved by the French parliament before becoming law, according to the report.

In the U.S., Facebook recently launched Messenger Kids, a stand-alone messaging app that will let kids video chat and send messages to a list of contacts approved by their parents.