Facebook Minimum Age Scrapped: Zuckerberg Right?

As we all know and as we previously reported, Facebook and its sign up procedure is open to misuse. More and more under-age users are signing up every day falsely inputting their age to clear themselves of the 13-year old age bracket.

Whilst Facebook was trying its hardest to combat this onslaught, it is obvious that they had a mammoth task ahead of them. The problem with younger members on the site include online bullying and abuse from others.

However according to timesofindia, in an about turn, Facebook‘s main man Mark Zuckerberg has expressed his beliefs that kids of 13 and under could actually benefit from being allowed to join the social networking site. In the eyes of the CEO, Facebook could be seen as an aid for educational purposes. With changes in future technology and software, communication could play a large part in how people could gain information from fellow users.

We already know how easy it is to sign up an underage person by simply changing their date of birth and as PCMag reported, a survey showed that at least 7.5 million under 13’s already had a Facebook account. Zuckerberg sees this changing at some point and was reported in saying, “That will be a fight we take on at some point,” he then spoke about how Facebook would ensure security precautions were put into place to make the site safe.

He recognized the risks and commented on what would happen if the age bracket was lowered stating, “If they’re lifted then we’d start to learn what works. We’d take a lot of precautions to make sure that they (younger kids) are safe.”

What are your thoughts on the age being lowered for Facebook subscriptions?

  • http://twitter.com/marktharparms @marktharparms

    I agree he's right to look at under thirteens, with the right precautions in place. Many parents help their children subvert the security, so it's not something the kids are doing deliberately themselves, but with the aid of the adults in their life. My son is 11 and nearly all his friends have Facebook accounts; he's constantly badgering me to let him sign up.

    Security needs to come in the face of other users and page owners – for example, I own a pub and have a Facebook Places page. Anybody can see that page at the moment, but with correct age verification it shouldn't be available to people under the age of 18 in the UK. Such measures would help reduce the abuse of younger users and increase their safe use of the site.

  • http://www.socialmediatoolscentral.com/ Social Media central

    Some children, nowadays, are smarter than older ones..So I think they're already capable of sharing smart ideas through facebook pages but it's still good parents are there for them for guidance…

  • mixtupjack

    i think it should b lowerd from the age 13 but if a perant want their kid on the perent should b linked 2 it so that they can except and add stuff 2 the acout ? like perent control and that should stop some of the missuse of acounts and age restrictions ?