Comment on Comment Period Open for AO3 Terms of Service Updates

  1. Dick comforts Damian

    Wait, I just checked my profile, and I don't have a birth date on record on this site at all, as far as I can tell. Does this mean AO3 assumes I'm 0 years old, or that it will assume I am at least 13/16 years old when the time comes for me to confirm that I'm old enough to legally use the site?

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    1. Steven Gerrard and Xabi Alonso

      Well, when you created your account you agreed to the terms of service and confirmed you were over 13.

      I honestly don't think we will lose a lot of content, if at all. AO3 has no way to tell a user's age---a user can say "yes, I confirm I'm over 16" and AO3 can't really confirm that, but I think from a legal point of view (mind the word "think", please, I am not comimg from a legal background) as soon as a user promises they are 16 or older, AO3 is covered. If it turns out this user is under 16, it means they knowingly provided the Archive with wrong information, and that's on them.

      I am considering it like all the under-18 peeps who click the "Yes, I am least 18 years old" button when going to adult sites.

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    2. When the new TOS goes live, we expect to ask users to affirm that they are at least thirteen, and also old enough to consent to share their personal information in the jurisdiction they live in and are a citizen of, the same way we now ask for people to affirm that they are at least 13. We aren't adding any other questions on the site re age affirmation/confirmation.

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      1. Dick comforts Damian

        Thanks for the clarification!

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        1. No problem!

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      2. how would this TOS change stop people from lying about thier age?

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        1. The Childlike Empress with the OTW logo.

          I'm pretty sure the Archive won't be legally responsible for stopping people from lying.

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