Danger Will Robinson! Facebook set to welcome under-13s into the fold!

19 June 2012

Bitterwallet - Facebook censorshipTo use Facebook, you have to be over 13 years old. Why? No idea. However, that may be about to change as Zuckerbook looks at getting people even younger online to make a dollar.

If this goes ahead, there'll be a system which connects youngsters' accounts to their parents accounts, thereby giving mum and dad the opportunity to determine who their offspring can 'friend' and what apps they can use.

Naturally, people are already looking at privacy issues. US federal law requires verifiable consent from parents before the personal data of children can be collected, but Facebook feel that they need to do something as children are already using the website after lying about their age to set up accounts. It has been reported that there are 7.5 million under-13 users of Facebook.

In a statement Facebook said: "Many recent reports have highlighted just how difficult it is to enforce age restrictions on the internet, especially when parents want their children to access online content and services. We are in continuous dialogue with stakeholders, regulators and other policy-makers about how best to help parents keep their kids safe in an evolving online environment."

They missed the bit out where they wanted to fleece children through Farmville. Oh well. We'll just have to imagine they said it.

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