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Facebook to open up to pre-teens?

Facebook to open up to pre-teens?
Zen Terrelonge


Adult / June 6th 2012 at 2:44PM

Proposed tech would put parents in control, shielding kids from inappropriate content.

Facebook has had a fair share of hacking gaffes, with one of the more recent outbreaks distributing graphic porn and violent images across newsfeeds.

Given that, it's really quite understandable that parents may not want their offspring to be subjected to such muddy content.

Facebook is currently only available for those 13 and over, but WSJ reports that the social network is working on technology to open the service to preteens.

The tech would give parents control of their child's account, allowing them to decide who can be added as 'friends', as well as what apps can be used.

This would prevent kids from making unauthorised in-app payments – something that has caused uproar in the past – but also it may generate revs by charging parents premium prices for access to the games and other entertainment available.

The network has come under fire for underage users accessing the site by simply lying about their ages, and this seems to be Facebook's attempt to appease fears, while also generating a new wave of users.

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