Closings and delays

Facebook developing technology to give access to children under 13

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Facebook considers giving children under 13 access (Facebook)

Facebook is currently developing technology that would allow children under 13 to use the social-networking site under parental supervision, a step that would allow the company to reach a new set of users while also raising privacy concerns.

According to the Wall Street Journal, new mechanisms being tested include connecting children’s accounts to their parents’ and giving parents controls over friend requests and applications. 

Facebook is currently only open to users over 13-years-old. However, most kids lie about their ages, putting the company in a position regarding federal law that requires websites to obtain verifiable parental consent before collection data from children.

Consumer Reports reported last year said 7.5 million children under the age of 13 were using the site, including more than five million under the age of 10.

It still remains unclear if Facebook will move forward with the technology.

“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,” Facebook said in response to the Wall Street Journal when asked about the new technology.

Facebook counts over 900 million users around the world.

Read more: Wall Street Journal