June 8th, 2012
Lawmakers press Zuckerberg on Facebook users under 13
By Douglas MacMillan and Eric Engleman
Facebook is taking heat from U.S. lawmakers after reports that the company is exploring ways to let children under 13 onto its social network.
The co-chairmen of the Bi-Partisan Congressional Privacy Caucus, Reps. Joe Barton, R-Texas, and Edward Markey, D-Mass., sent a letter to Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg on Monday asking him to provide details on the company’s plans for allowing access to children under age 13, who fall under stricter regulations around online privacy.
Facebook is looking at ways to let younger children use its website, though the company hasn’t made a final decision on whether or how to give them access, said a person familiar with the matter who asked not to be identified because the discussions are private. While the move would expand Facebook’s user base, it would also invite further scrutiny over privacy and security on the world’s largest social network.