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Facebook and Twitter will have to adapt their websites for younger users after ministers caved in to a campaign by peers and children’s charities.

acebook and Twitter will have to adapt their websites for younger users after ministers caved in to a campaign by peers and children’s charities.

The Government has agreed to legislate for a code of practice setting out minimum standards for the “age-appropriate design” of sites, with companies failing to abide by the rules facing the possibility of large fines.

Supporters of the move say the safeguards will include applying the highest possible privacy settings to children’s accounts by default so their information is not automatically made public, and ensuring terms and conditions are written “in a language children will understand” so they will know what will happen to content they post and how they can get it removed.

It signals a significantly tougher approach by ministers to social media firms, following mounting criticism over the sites’ approach to children as well as the problems.

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