Zuckerberg: Facebook not working on under-13 access, not going public (yet)

Summary:Kids under 13 will have to wait for Facebook access, said the social networking site's CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday.

Kids under 13 will have to wait for Facebook access, said the social networking site's CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday.

Speaking at the e-G8 (essentially the tech world's G8 summit) in Paris on at the conference's closing keynote, Zuckerberg tried to clarify recent statements he made about allowing children under 13 years to sign up for Facebook accounts. While Facebook isn't working on access for kids aged 12 and under, that doesn't mean that Facebook is against the idea.

As reported by Dow Jones:

Zuckerberg said at this stage, he isn't saying that children under 13 should be allowed on Facebook but that whether they should or not is a question that will need to be discussed some time, especially in relation to education. "If children under 13 ever were [allowed to get on Facebook] we'd need to find a way for them to be safe," he said.

Additionally, Zuckerberg said that Facebook won't be going public anytime soon. Reportedly his answer to that question was just a simple “Not yet.”

So what is Facebook interested in pursing then? Enabling more media companies related to music and movies to be more social (via PaidContent):

The corollary of this for music, movies, books and news, he said: “In each of these industries - the media ones are going to be big ones… in the music industry, it’s going to be people who understand music and people; in the movie industry, it’s going to be people who understand movies and people...

...People listen to music with friends, you read news and discuss it with friends. These industries can be rebuilt from the ground up with social. The opportunities when you make these companies social are a lot bigger than they are (in their current form).

Topics: Social Enterprise

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