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Facebook Could Open Doors to Kids Under 13

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The social media site, according to the Wall Street Journal, is developing special new features for kids' pages. (Source: CNN) The social media site, according to the Wall Street Journal, is developing special new features for kids' pages. (Source: CNN)
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(CNN) – The Wall Street Journal is reporting Facebook may lift its ban on kids under 13.

The social media site, according to the Wall Street Journal, is developing special new features for kids' pages.

The technology would allow parents to control who their kids "friend" and what applications they can use. The new features may also allow Facebook to charge parents for games and entertainment their children access.

"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 told the paper. "We are in continuous dialogue with stakeholders, regulators and other policy makers about how best to help parents keep their kids safe in an evolving online environment."

Many kids already lie about their ages in order to get access, but the move is still likely to raise the eyebrows of privacy advocates. According to published reports, studies have shown that as much as 38% of children on Facebook are under 12.

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