June 5th, 2012
Facebook planning to build access for users younger than 13
By Hayley Tsukayama
The Washington Post
Facebook may be planning to build technology that would allow children under 13 to register for the site and give their parents some control over how their kids may use it.
It’s not yet clear whether Facebook would put an under-13 network out there, as first reported in the Wall Street Journal. The Journal noted that Facebook often works to develop technology that it does not release to the public.
In compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, Facebook does not allow anyone under 13 to have a Facebook account — a rule that children and their parents regularly circumvent by posting false dates of birth.