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Facebook May Lift Ban on Tween Accounts

Social network working on special access for users who are less than 13.

Facebook may have found a way to increase revenues from their mobile users—let tweens facebook.

User terms of service currently restrict people who are less than 13 years of age from creating a Facebook account. This does not stop them from creating an accounts, as most tweens will readily admit. 

Perhaps it is a move to eliminate legal liability, or perhaps it is a move toward more cash flow. The Wall Street Journal reported today that the social media company is creating special account access for tweens.

Naturally, these accounts would come with customizable parental controls. Parents could choose who their children can friend, as well as what types of games they play through the site. They would also pay for those games, which would improve the company's bottom line. 

Zynga, one of the largest companies that develops games specifically for Facebook, had about $311 million in revenue for the fiscal year ending December 13, 2011. It was responsible for 15 percent of Facebook's revenue in the first quarter.

Putting aside notions of profit and litigation for a moment, another concern arises. How will this change the way young minds are developed?

Thoughtful Citizen June 05, 2012 at 02:24 PM
one probably illicit underground facebook network surfaces. but are there others??
Vanessa Castañeda June 05, 2012 at 02:34 PM
It's highly likely. Entrepreneurs are creating alternatives as we speak. Think: pip.io, Diaspora, Ning, and *shudder* Yammer.
Thoughtful Citizen June 05, 2012 at 05:51 PM
you're on Yammer too???
Vanessa Castañeda June 05, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Not anymore. The deluge of notification emails I received inspired me to release myself from that beast's clutches.

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