Mega-social network Facebook is being told to disclose just how many of its users are underage, at least in Northern Ireland.
Belfast's High Court has ruled that Facebook must provide records for all account holders under the age of 13 in Northern Ireland or the UK between 2011 and 2014. It comes as part of a lawsuit against the company for negligence, as a young girl allegedly published inappropriate photographs on the website from the age of 11, reportedly leading to the girl receiving extreme sexual content from men. Her accounts were deactivated when Facebook was notified, the BBC says.
Although a judge blocked wider requests for information from Facebook, it was asserted that if the company has details on underage users, they "should be discovered". "If they do not have them, then obviously they can properly indicate that they do not have such information in their possession, custody or power," the judge said. It was claimed gaining access to this information could be important to understanding the risk posed to young children on Facebook.