Zuckerberg Wants Under-13s on Facebook
Educational benefits mean age limit should be lifted, founder says
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2011 4:59 AM CDT
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. last month.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

(Newser) – Pre-teens have a lot to gain from social media sites, says Mark Zuckerberg, and he tells an education summit that he'd like under-13s to be able to use Facebook. The Children's Online Privacy Protection Act bans websites that collect information about users from signing up users under 13, reports the Telegraph, but Zuckerberg says he's willing to fight to have the law changed.

"That will be a fight we take on at some point," he said. "My philosophy is that for education you need to start at a really, really young age." Zuckerberg stressed that precautions would be taken to ensure young users were protected. Facebook says it bans some 20,000 underage users every day, although that's only a small fraction of the 7.5 million under-13s that Consumer Reports estimates are Facebook users.