Facebook Will Allow Children to Join the NetworkAdded: Thursday, June 5th, 2014
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The company is trying to figure out the way to allow children under 13 years old join the social network. It turned out that Facebook has designs for a system that allows children under 13 to be supervised by parents, as the US legislation prohibits children under 13 from using any online services that collect information without explicit “verifiable parental consent”. At the moment, the social network doesn’t allow users under 13 to join.
Facebook is now trying to address this problem, and the company filed a patent application based on 2-year-old research, but it is not a predictor of future work in this area. According to the patent, the company developed a system of parental supervision. First of all, the parent would have to verify their own identity before allowing the child to create an account. Then parents get access to parental controls tools that would allow to restrict access to specific content, friends and 3rd-party apps like Facebook games. The chances are that a system proving the identity of a parent and their consent would have to be approved by the US Federal Trade Commission.
Despite the fact that the social network prohibits children under 13 from using the website, they still do it. The problem is that verifying a person’s age is very difficult to do online, particularly for people without official government-issued identity papers or other age-related identities.
Security experts explain that the matter is that children are already using Facebook, with or without parental supervision, and they are unlikely to stop getting on there, regardless of Facebook avoiding accepting preteen members. The social network is actively trying to remove underage children – for instance, about 800,000 preteens have been removed from Facebook in 2012 alone. In the meantime, it was also estimated that 5.6 million underage accounts remained active on Facebook, many of them having been created with the help of parents.
The social network claimed that it has nothing to announce thus far in regard to allowing children under 13 to join Facebook, and that the patent application was filed in response to research being conducted in the area, which is not necessarily indicative of future work.
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Thursday, June 5th, 2014
|There's plenty children on facebook as it is.|
|posted by (2014-06-05 16:13:17)|
|are they kidding jeez a free ride for pedo's then facebook is responsible for killing the art of conversation in the real world what kid's or anyone goes out to talk or interact these days's while they have fb we might as well be living in a bubble and before you ask no i don't have a fb accoiunt guess i'm in the minority these day's lol|
|posted by (2014-06-05 17:56:38)|
|this is wrong in so many ways, i do have a faceache account but not in my name, i have it so i can join various discussion groups, not so i can see what my friends are having for dinner or what their pet cats are getting up 2/..lol|
|Beat me to it peasoup|
|be dumb. kids can get on anyways. all they need to do is fake their birthyear. my 11 year old sister has her own fb. i like fb but kids dont need to be on fb tbh.|
|posted by (2014-06-06 21:02:34)|
|ther taking the p1$$|
|posted by (2014-06-07 00:59:17)|
|haha wtf, 50% on fb are already kids|
|they already are on fb|
|Just goes to show wealth and influence does NOT equal intelligence.|
Besides, the whole facebook idea was a rip off from a dead mans remaining programming projects. It's a shame the honest get jack while the jerks get the paper stacks. What a wonderful world.
|posted by (2014-06-07 11:25:47)|
|Cant Say Any thing|
|Children? Yaiks! Now you can have a chat with a 5-year old FACEBOOK friend and talk about ANYTHING under the sun... lol!|
|what BS Facebook cannot control or verify anyone who signs up for an account and no one is made to give real names,DOB,Telephone etc,my friend has kids of 5 and 6 on facebook and 10 and 11yr olds far to late to start closing down half their userbase to stop those underage from using it.|
So what they are saying is we can`t monitor who is using it so we are going to make the parents monitor you and filter out 90% of content the man says is not good for kids.
|posted by (2014-06-08 19:13:10)|
|Hell, there are children on ET. They're getting more and more savvy every day.|
|posted by (2014-06-09 19:56:12)|
|i agree pippy theres even a 2 year old on facebook oh my mistake it's the i.q of sheeple using it lol|
|Don't let them do it, make kids go out and play, you know, with other kids ...||
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