Facebook Founder Calls For Lifting Of Age Restrictions, A Smart Move Says SEO Company Queryclick.com
Released on: May 31, 2011, 8:12 am
Industry: Internet & Online
Following news that Mark Zuckerberg thinks children 13 years
and younger should be allowed access to social networks, SEO experts
Queryclick.com suggest he’s taking a logical stance.
Star of the social networking field Facebook has been at the centre of controversy
recently, thanks to the suggestion from the CEO that age restrictions should be
Founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has said he believes children ages 13 and
younger should be allowed to access the social networking site for the benefit of
Speaking during the New Schools Venture Fund's Summit in California, Zuckerberg
said he expected education to become more social in the future, in the same way
already seen in health, retail and finance sectors.
At the summit, which explored innovation in education, the Facebook founder
explained he was passionate about education reform. Zuckerberg was relaxed as he
spoke about the subject with interviewer, and venture capitalist, John Doerr.
He claimed that letting younger children interact with social sites could prove
beneficial for them in the long term. SEO experts Queryclick.com said the young star of the social scene has a valid
point, although he may find it difficult to win over his dissenters. "Social media
has really exploded in the last few years, making it obvious to any doubters that
the medium is here to stay,” said a spokesperson.
"Many young children are already very savvy when it comes to social networking, but
many retain massive security concerns, which were born in an earlier era of the
As it currently stands, the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
mandates that websites that collect information about users (like Facebook does)
aren't allowed to sign on anyone under the age of 13.
However, this is something Zuckerberg is keen to change. He wants children under the
age of 13 to be allowed to access his site, although, due to the restrictions now in
place, he concedes that the company has not yet put much thought into a plan for
keeping children safe on the site. Should the restrictions be lifted, he plans to
spend a lot of energy in creating a way for children to use Facebook safely.
Zuckerberg also shared the opinion that, when it came to education, children had to
start learning at a very young age.
This is a bold move for the young entrepreneur, said the search engine
optimisation experts: "Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook already have an uneasy
relationship with many web users who are concerned about privacy, and his comments
could be adding fuel to an already substantial fire.
"But we think he’s smart to recognise the potential of catering to younger children
on Facebook, they will be the future of the site, and there’s already anecdotal
evidence to suggest they are keen to be using it already."
QueryClick is an Edinburgh based SEO firm. QueryClick is quickly becoming a leading
figure in UK SEO and SEO web design given the company's bespoke and ethical
approach to business.
QueryClick Ltd (SC342868)
50 Albany Street
tel: 0131 556 7078
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