This decision followed a public outcry at the increasing cases of child-grooming taking place via the app.Online businesses are beginning to realise that they have the same responsibilities to prevent children from using services, accessing content or obtaining products that are age-restricted, as businesses that operate in the real world.
Online age verification dating
If a website was to adopt this as the only accepted payment method, it could lead to a loss of business.
Asking customers to register their details via setting up an ‘account’ can also act as a means to deter under-18s.
Businesses failing to verify the age of their customers before allowing them access to age-restricted products, services or content are leaving themselves legally liable.
And this could spell big problems – not only with the law, but for their reputation.
It’s also important that businesses that already have online age-verification mechanisms in place ensure these are regularly tested and updated.