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Kids could someday get on Facebook, without lying

3 years ago June 04, 2012 Jun 4, 2012 Monday, June 04 2012 Monday, June 04, 2012 12:37:54 PM CDT in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW YORK - Though Facebook bans children under 13, millions of them have profiles on the site by lying about their age.

Now, the company is testing out ways to allow younger kids on its site without needing to lie. It would be under parental supervision, such as by connecting children's accounts to their parents' accounts. That would allow Facebook to comply with federal regulations regarding children under 13 online.

The Wall Street Journal reported on the development in Monday's editions. It could be a long way off, or never get implemented, as happens with many features that Facebook tests.

In a statement, Facebook says it is in ongoing dialogue with stakeholders, regulators and other policymakers about how best to help parents keep their kids safe online.

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