Facebook is looking into ways to let children under the age of 13 sign up for the social network, which could set off a whole new round of privacy complaints, The Wall Street Journal reports.The company is currently testing features that would grant access to those under the age of 13, but only with greater parental supervision.
“Mechanisms being tested include connecting children’s accounts to their parents’ and controls that would allow parents to decide whom their kids can ‘friend’ and what applications they can use, people who have spoken with Facebook executives about the technology said,” the Journal reports. “The under-13 features could enable Facebook and its partners to charge parents for games and other entertainment accessed by their children, the people said.”
At the moment, you must be at least 13 years old to sign up for a Facebook account, though some studies have found there may be millions of underage users already on the site who simply lie about their age.
If Facebook can come up with a successful way to grant access to younger users, the move could help the social network to significantly boost its user numbers, not to mention the potential of having a whole new demographic for companies to market to on the website.