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Palo Alto, CA - Facebook Explores Access for Younger Kids

Published on: June 4, 2012 09:57 AM
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AP Photo/Katsumi KasaharaPalo Alto, CA - Though Facebook bans children under 13, millions of them have profiles on the site by lying about their age.

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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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 Jun 04, 2012 at 10:21 AM Anonymous Says:

They should develop a version of facebook for the frum community. There is a tremendous built up demand for "frum friendly" social media as evidenced by the turnout at the asifa last week. They should have no problem finding a few tech savy rabbonim to serve on an advisory board and a few kollel yungerleit who would moderate the postings to assure they were tziiniusdik. This could be the prototype for other versions of FB that would be responsive to the specialized needs of ethnic minorities.

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 Jun 04, 2012 at 10:27 AM Anonymous Says:

For sure this is extremely dangerous and should never be allowed.

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 Jun 04, 2012 at 11:00 AM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

For sure this is extremely dangerous and should never be allowed.

Its already in beta testing so its obviously going to be deployed soon. They have already made some changes in response to parental concerns. I expect millions of kids will be using it within a year or two. If you don't want your kids trading photos, schmoozing with their chevrah from kindergarden etc. then don't let them but don't expect most parents to adopt your hashkafah.

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 Jun 04, 2012 at 12:23 PM enlightened-yid Says:

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Anonymous Says:

They should develop a version of facebook for the frum community. There is a tremendous built up demand for "frum friendly" social media as evidenced by the turnout at the asifa last week. They should have no problem finding a few tech savy rabbonim to serve on an advisory board and a few kollel yungerleit who would moderate the postings to assure they were tziiniusdik. This could be the prototype for other versions of FB that would be responsive to the specialized needs of ethnic minorities.

Why would FB spend so much effort in regulating and censoring social network for a very small group of internet users when they can expand to attract wider range of users? Asifah crowd should collaborate with China, North Korea, or Iranian internet firms who are good at censor information technology.

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 Jun 04, 2012 at 01:07 PM Anonymous Says:

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enlightened-yid Says:

Why would FB spend so much effort in regulating and censoring social network for a very small group of internet users when they can expand to attract wider range of users? Asifah crowd should collaborate with China, North Korea, or Iranian internet firms who are good at censor information technology.

Even if you are serious, which I sense your not, there would be serious language issues with any of those 3 countries since none have fluency in yiddish. Also, Asifah crowd is not nearly that radical in terms of 100 percent censorship. A more realistic option would be to work with former government cybersecurity types who are experienced in practical filters.

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 Jun 04, 2012 at 03:05 PM Anonymous Says:

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Anonymous Says:

They should develop a version of facebook for the frum community. There is a tremendous built up demand for "frum friendly" social media as evidenced by the turnout at the asifa last week. They should have no problem finding a few tech savy rabbonim to serve on an advisory board and a few kollel yungerleit who would moderate the postings to assure they were tziiniusdik. This could be the prototype for other versions of FB that would be responsive to the specialized needs of ethnic minorities.

We're not supposed to have internet access to begin with! I have to sign a paper that I don't own a cell phone or have a computer. I don't know what I will do in an emergency in my car.

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 Jun 05, 2012 at 09:21 AM SherryTheNoahide Says:

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We're not supposed to have internet access to begin with! I have to sign a paper that I don't own a cell phone or have a computer. I don't know what I will do in an emergency in my car.

"We're not supposed to have internet access to begin with! I have to sign a paper that I don't own a cell phone or have a computer. I don't know what I will do in an emergency in my car. ”


Bless your heart! (:-o

Who told you, that you couldn't have these things?!

You just simply need to regulate yourself!

Are you interested in looking at pornography, looking up recipes for non-kosher foods, watching secular movies that are filled w\violence & sexual promiscuity, or interested in hopping on social net-working sites to meet other men besides your husband?!

No?!?! (lol) These things sound pretty appalling to you no doubt, correct?!

Well then you are ALREADY self-regulating, and should have nothing to worry about!

For all the complaining about the internet.... how do the Rabbis expect people in this day & age (and those w\out a Jewish community around), to learn ANYTHING about the Truth?!

When you have literally NOBODY around to teach you anything, or when your public libraries don't carry what you need or when you don't have the money to purchase certain books yourself... getting information online is often times the next best thing a person can do to excel spiritually!

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