Posts Tagged ‘privacy’

Facebook Explores Access for Children

June 6, 2012

Facebook may be creating a membership option for children under 13, allowing them to access the social site under parental supervision, according to a recent Wall Street Journal article.

The new membership will allow children under 13 to have accounts that will link to their parents. Parents will be able to control who their children add as friends and which apps they use.

“Many recent reports have highlighted just how difficult it is to enforce age restrictions on the Internet, especially when parents want their children to access online content and services,” the statement said. “We are in continuous dialogue with stakeholders, regulators and other policymakers about how best to help parents keep their kids safe in an evolving online environment.”

Even though Facebook currently restricts users under 13, studies have shown that as much as 38% of children on Facebook are under 12. If Facebook does create a membership for children under 13, it could significantly increase its user base of 900 million.

According to the Wall Street Journal, a study sponsored by Microsoft Research released last fall found that 36% of parents were aware that their children joined Facebook before age 13 and that a substantial percentage of those parents helped their kids in the effort.

Given the current issues of cyberbulling and child predators, Facebook will need to be careful as it opens up its doors to young children.

What do you think about Facebook creating a new membership for children under 13? Good or bad? Safe or dangerous?

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NPR: “New Networks Target Discomfort With Facebook”

December 1, 2010

I’m traveling today and any time that happens, I actually have a chance to catch up on “social media in the news” stuff. This morning, I heard some great commentary on NPR re: start-up social networks that are trying to woo people with the promise of better privacy controls. I am a definite supporter of the underdogs here, but can’t help but wonder how they’ll ever catch up. Facebook has such momentum now and is constantly reinventing itself with new apps, new security measures, new interfaces, and so on.

I agree with many that a network that better represents my real-world relationships to people would be fantastic. Right now my friends on Facebook are a mix of high school pals I haven’t seen in years, friends I see everyday, business colleagues, relatives and everything in between. Facebook Groups functionality allows me to segment to an extent, but there’s room for expansion here. Additionally, I’d love to see similar functionality—more robust functionality—with my business fan page. Of course, Facebook was invented for the individual, but as more and more businesses flock to it for exposure, my hope is the features and functions will improve to support that growing demographic.

Take a listen and let me know what you think. Who has a chance against this social networking giant? Rise up small start-ups and let us hear your cry!

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350 million users on Facebook

December 4, 2009

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg released an open letter to the Facebook community. In the letter, he reveals that Facebook has acquired more than 350 million users around the world, and plans for improving Facebook over the upcoming months. He touches on improving privacy, building a better system to manage networks so people will have more control of their information, giving users the ability to control who sees each individual piece of content they create or upload and simplifying privacy settings. 

“It has been a great year for making the world more open and connected. To make this possible, we have focused on giving you the tools you need to share and control your information. Starting with the very first version of Facebook five years ago, we’ve built tools that help you control what you share with which individuals and groups of people,” Zuckerberg writes, “Thanks for being a part of making Facebook what it is today, and for helping to make the world more open and connected.”

To read the letter in its entirety, click here.

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