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Facebook Developing Under-13 Access Options

CONSUMER PRIVACY—U.S.

June 4, 2012

The Wall Street Journal reports on Facebook's exploration of technology that would permit children under the age of 13 to use the social networking site. Various options currently being tested include tying children's accounts to their parents' and parental controls over "friending" and apps, the report states. A company representative said, "Recent reports have highlighted just how difficult it is to enforce age restrictions on the Internet, especially when parents want their children to access online content and services," adding, "We are in continuous dialogue with stakeholders, regulators and other policy makers about how best to help parents keep their kids safe in an evolving online environment." (Registration may be required to access this story.)
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