"My philosophy is that for education you need to start at a really, really young age. Because of the restrictions we haven’t even begun this learning process. . . . If they’re lifted, then we’d start to learn what works. We’d take a lot of precautions to make sure that they [younger kids] are safe."
Though 7.5 million children under the age of 13 are on the site -- with a reported majority of that under the age of 11 -- Facebook should be spending its time removing them from potential harm's way instead of encouraging them to start an account or continue as existing users.
Accounts which are found to be of children under the age of 13 are cut off immediately, but it does not solve the problem altogether.
Considering the gross neglect that the company has continued to apply to its users, I am strongly against any child -- regardless of whether they are over the age of 13 or not -- to be on Facebook. In fact, I would even go as far to say that parents who do allow their child, particularly under the age of 13, are not effectively protecting their children from the dangers of submitting so much information to the social network.
But nevertheless, in my eyes, it is socially irresponsible for Facebook to advocate children under the age of 13, who are already increasingly handing over personal data for which under law have effectively little right in handing over, and are not legally responsible to make such decisions yet.
While Facebook does make a clear and concerted effort in protecting children 13 and over, by implementing technologies to reduce and remove child abuse imagery, it is highly unethical to encourage children under the age of 13 to sign up to a service for which may not understand the consequences of their actions, and the long-term implications of their actions.