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Facebook may open up to under-13 members

Facebook may relax a ban on children under the age of 13 joining its site after finding that many kids, some with their parents' permission and help, were already using it.

'There is reputable evidence that there are kids under 13 who are lying about their age to get on to Facebook,' Sunday Times quoted Simon Milner, Facebook's head of policy in Britain as saying.

'Some seem to be doing it with their parents' permission and help,' Milner said.

If the decision to lift the ban is implemented, a flood of new users are likely to sign up to the social network, which floated on the stock market last week for $105 billion last week.

The number of people with profiles - currently estimated at 900 million active users - would probably hit the iconic one billion mark, meaning that more than one in seven people in the world would be an active user of the site.

However, Milner said the decision to allow children to create profiles was still at a very early stage.

'We have a strict under-13 rule because of legal issues in America,' he said.

'We apply the same rule all over the world. But a lot of parents are happy their kids are on it. We would like to hear from people what the answer might be.'
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