San Francisco – Today, Common Sense Media CEO James Steyer issued the following statement regarding the Wall Street Journal’s report that Facebook is building technology that would allow children younger than 13 years old to use the site:
“With the growing concerns and pressure around Facebook’s business model, the company appears to be doing whatever it takes to identify new revenue streams and short-term corporate profits to impress spooked shareholders. But here's the most important issue: there is absolutely no proof of any meaningful social or educational value of Facebook for children under 13. Indeed, there are very legitimate concerns about privacy as well as the impact on the social, emotional, and cognitive development of children. What Facebook is proposing is similar to the strategies used by Big Tobacco in appealing to young people – try to hook kids early, build your brand, and you have a customer for life. What's next? Facebook for toddlers?”
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