Facebook still has no plans to allow people under 13 to use service

While it's all but certain that the "tween" crowd would love to have access to the massive Facebook social networking web site they may have to wait a long while, if at all, before the company's founder allows that to happen. Reuters reports today that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was quoted as saying, "we're not trying to work on the ability for people under the age of 13 to sign up." He made those remarks during a conference held in Paris.

Rumors that Facebook might allow younger children to sign up were sparked by remarks made by Zuckerberg last week when he was quoted on some sites as saying some regulations made it hard to allow children to use the service. Today Zuckerberg said those statements were taken out of context and added, "That's just not top of the list of things for us to figure out right now. Some time in the future, I think it makes sense to explore that, but we're not working on it right now."

In related news, Zuckerberg said, "Not yet" when asked when Facebook might go public. With the massive stock offering launched last week for the business oriented social networking site LinkedIn, people are wondering when Facebook will do something similar. Rumors hit the Internet last week that Facebook was now exploring the idea for a possible stock offering to be launched in 2012. Zuckerberg was also modest about Facebook's role in connecting and communicating people during the Middle Eastern revolutions that have occurred in several countries, saying, "It's not a Facebook thing, it's an Internet thing."

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Seems reasonable. If they allow younger kids on they run into more difficulties with regard to getting blamed when those kids see things/talk to people they shouldn't.

If someone lies about their age there's not much they can do about it.

good because it would turn into myspace all over again. like one poster said it should be 16+ for facebook.

Gee are they really naive enough that the kids are not going to lie about age, or do they have to send in photo-copy of their birth-cert ?

Littlemutt said,
Gee are they really naive enough that the kids are not going to lie about age, or do they have to send in photo-copy of their birth-cert ?

Dont have to send proof of age.

... I was always under the impression that this was a legal thing. Most everywhere you go that's "social" on the web has a minimum age of 13. Is this not so?

SCRISP said,
So much for the idiots who make a profile for their baby.
I don't think Facebook has an interest in actively removing under age profiles, it just helps them deny any responsibility when something goes wrong.

I see no reason why kids shouldn't join Facebook, better to know what sites they're going on than wonder what sites they're going on instead (i.e. those teen chat sites or other kid/teen only oriented sites laden with paedophiles).

iWilco said,
And rightly so.

I think that 16+ should be the starting age for facebook.

But they have no way to monitor this

No it should not

Good, very few kids under 13 have common sense (or enough experience) to know how to act on the internet. With all the crazy crap that can happen on facebook, and the personal info that they could unwittingly share, it could be a very dangerous thing. Not to mention they have no need for it - how many people can they have at that age to stay in touch with? Those who want it bad enough will just fake their age anyway.

Ruran said,
Good, very few kids under 13 have common sense (or enough experience) to know how to act on the internet.

I think this statement just goes for people in general, don't you?

Happy_Camel said,

I think this statement just goes for people in general, don't you?

I'm not talking about trolling, i'm talking about knowing what's safe, knowing what's not, knowing not to give out personal information, the behavior or suspicious people, etc.

Ruran said,

I'm not talking about trolling, i'm talking about knowing what's safe, knowing what's not, knowing not to give out personal information, the behavior or suspicious people, etc.

Yes and Happy_Camel's comment still is correct.