Facebook considers allowing access to kids under 13
I don’t know if you’ve heard about this, it hasn’t been in the news or anything, but Facebook needs to TURBO MAKE MONEY, AS IN YESTERDAY. IPO or something. I don’t know. So it should come as no surprise that Big Face is looking into ways to let kids under the age of 13 join up, get exposed to ads, spend money on games, and thus turn into profit centers. All this according to a Wall Street Journal report.
Mechanisms being tested 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, people who have spoken with Facebook executives about the technology said.
The news was met with a big yawn by the nation’s under-13-year-old community, which nevertheless discussed the possibility on the Facebook accounts they’ve had for many years. It’s kind of like allowing college students to drink if they’re under 21 — namely, they’re doing it anyway.
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