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."