I noticed this new paragraph in the Terms of Service:
If you are located within the European Union, you must be at least 16 years old to access or use the Network or Services, including without limitation to complete a Stack Overflow Account Registration. By accessing or using the Services or the Network in any manner, you represent and warrant that you are at least 16 years of age. If you are under 16 years old, you may not, under any circumstances or for any reason, access or use the Services or Network in any manner, and may not provide any personal information to or on the Services or Network (including, for example, a name, address, telephone number or email address).
Huh? Why was this new paragraph added? Why do users in the European Union have to be at least 16 years old to use Stack Exchange sites? Is this due to GDPR?
Also, as far as I'm aware, some countries have opted to reduce the age limit in their version of GDPR. So why is there a blanket restriction for the entire European Union, even for users in countries that opted to reduce the limit?
I'm looking for an answer that clearly explains why exactly this new paragraph was added, explained in a similar way to the FAQ on why users under 13 worldwide can't use SE, as this answer is intended to be edited into that FAQ and used as a global underage FAQ. For that, it needs to be in an easily readable form.