Facebook will not open up to users under 13

PARIS- Facebook is not working in the short term to make the largest social network in the world available for users under the age of 13, said its founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday.

Facebook, which has more than 500 million active users, allows registration of children under a certain age. This age varies by country but is usually 13 years. “We’re not trying to work on the possibility that children under 13 years can register,” Zuckerberg said when asked on the subject Wednesday at the e-G8 meeting in Paris.

Zuckerberg said that his comments at an education conference last week, where he stated that laws made it difficult for children to register on Facebook, had been taken out of context. He said the complexity of child protection on the network is the reason it is not a priority for the company.

“Right now it is not among our priorities,” said Zuckerberg. “Someday in the future, I think it would make sense to explore that option, but for now we’re not working on it,” he said.

Zuckerberg started the interview by answering the question about Facebook’s plans to go public with a “Not yet.” It’s expected that the company will do so next year.

Facebook is expected to generate about 4,000 million dollars in advertising revenue in 2011, 1,860 million more than last year, according to market research firm eMarketer. Company value is estimated at 90,000 million dollars, based on private transactions in the secondary market.

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