06 Jun '12, 5pm

Facebook Wants to Welcome Kids Under Age 13 to Social Network

Facebook Wants to Welcome Kids Under Age 13 to Social Network

Facebook is reportedly testing out controls that would allow users under the age of 13 to participate on the social network under parental supervision. Citing people who have spoken with Facebook executives about the project, WSJ.com reports mechanisms in testing include “connecting children's accounts to their parents' and controls that would allow parents to decide whom their kids can ‘friend’ and what applications they can use.” Facebook has been put in the awkward position of having to consider allowing underaged users because so many currently lie about their age and are using the network anyway. However, it’s not all altruism or damage control; one mechanism they’re trying on would reportedly allow for parents to pay for games or apps their children access through Facebook. Revenue is clearly, at the very least, a secondary driver. Last June, Consumer Reports magazin...

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