Is Zuckerberg right about kids under 13 being on Facebook?

 

By Posted 21 May 2011, 15:45

Earlier this month we told you about a survey on Facebook which found there were around 7.5 million users below the age of 13. Many users are getting around the site’s policy by lying about their age, but if Facebook gets wind of any underage users on the site the accounts are deleted. Now CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said younger children should be allowed on the site for education purposes. But Is Zuckerberg right about kids under 13 being on Facebook?

Chloe Albanesius of PCMag.com is reporting that the Facebook CEO would like to allow children below the age of 13 onto the site at “some point”. At the moment Facebook is prevented to allow children onto the site because of the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act. This bans any website from gaining information from users under 13.

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Zuckerberg said that if the ban was lifted they could look at what works, and said “We’d take a lot of precautions to make sure that they are safe”. Facebook currently deletes around 20,000 accounts each day, with some being for underage users. But unfortunately it is difficult to stop people putting in a false date of birth to open up an account.

But if Facebook were allowed to let younger users onto its site, surely they would be safer as the company would be able to set up safe guards to protect them. The recent survey also found that some of the young users on the site were not monitored by an adult. Take part in our poll below and tell us what you think.

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