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article imageMark Zuckerberg says kids under 13 should be allowed on Facebook

By Owen Weldon     May 21, 2011 in Business
Mark Zuckerberg took some time out of his busy schedule and discussed why he thinks kids under the age of thirteen should be allowed to join social networking websites.
Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, may have dropped out of college, but the 27-year-old billionaire still cares about education reform. Zuckerberg took time out of his schedule to talk about why young people can benefit from social networking websites at a summit on innovation in education.
Zuckerberg pledged $100 million to the Newark, New Jersey, school system. According to Fortune, Zuckerberg told an interviewer that his two favorite dinnertime topics are making the internet more open and improving education.
Zuckerberg said that software and technology will help people learn a lot from other students in the future. He said that students could see other students studying online and this would probably encourage them to study for tests and work harder.
Zuckerberg did say that because of the restrictions placed on Facebook, they really do not know how younger children will be able to use social features on Facebook. He said that Facebook would have to take a lot of precautions to make sure kids under 13 are kept safe online.
Zuckerberg opened up about his private life during the interview with Fortune, and he even referred to his girlfriend of 7 years, Priscilla Chan, who is a medical student. He even talked about his education and upbringing, and said why he thinks kids under 13 should be allowed to use Facebook.
PCworld says that Zuckerberg seemed like he was implying that the Children’s Online Private Protection Act were not allowing kids to join Facebook. He went onto suggest that Facebook may actually try to alter or repealing that legislation to change the rules. Sources say that the COPPA does not prevent kids from joining the website, but they do pressure Facebook to put in more effort.
According to the Deadbolt, as of now Facebook does not allow kids under the age of 13 to join the site, but sources say that around 7.5 million kids under the age of 13 already have Facebook accounts.
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