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Trending This Week: Google Makes Girl Cry, Kremlin Fights Fair, Then Dirty

Google played the heavy this week when the company shut down a young girl's Gmail account because she is not "of legal age to form a binding contract" with the company.

Didn't know that could happen? Well, according to Google the company must comply with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), under which children younger than 13 must provide the permission of a parent or guardian before giving out personal information online.

In a letter tittled " Google, thanks for making my daughter cry" posted on Reddit, the girl's father blasted Google for not clearly stating the age restrictions during the sign up process. "I set up a gmail account for my daughter so she could send email to her grandparents," he wrote.

The decision has sparked a bit of controversy and also reopened a long dormant debate over how young is too young for the Internet.

Google's decision is a bit strange especially when you consider the "Dear Sophie" campagin they ran last year.

Two can play that game. Kremlin wants protestors to Like them.

After a tumultuous year in which many uprisings around the world were waged through social media, it appears Russian officials  are trying to quell anti-government sentiment by posting heart-felt messages on Facebook regarding possible violations at polling stations during the December 4 election of President Dmitry Medvedev.

The British newspaper "The Telegraph" first reported the post and the continued subtle dialogue being waged by the president across his official Facebook page.

"People have the right to express their views which is what they did yesterday," wrote Mr Medvedev. "I don't agree with the slogans or the declaration that rang out at the meetings. Nevertheless, instructions have been given by me to check all information from polling stations regarding compliance with the legislation on elections."

Bad news for Moscow: The vast majority of comments were negative.

Russians play rough over Twitter

In other Russian social media news, the BBC reported that hijacked PCs may have helped drown out online chat about Russian election protest. Trend Micro researcher Maxim Goncharov discovered pro-Kremlin Twitter messages were being auto-generated by computers, spamming conversations and pushing down the voice of dissent. The bots used the protesters’ hashtag #триумфальная (Triumfalnaya) to drown conversations, while posting up to 10 messages per second, according to the report.

If at first you don't succeed, try something underhanded and illegal.

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