Facebook Founder Says Challenging Age Limits Not a Big Priority

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Mark Zuckerberg tells the press he just wants to explore opening Facebook up to young kids. Credit: AP

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg wants you to know he is not trying to do away with the social media site's age limits just yet.

You have to be at least 13 to have a Facebook account under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, and the site's own terms and conditions mirror the law.

Zuckerberg, speaking at a summit on innovation education in New Jersey this week, said he would challenge the law and change Facebook's rules at some point. His comments touched off a small media firestorm.

He now wants to clarify his comments, MSNBC reports.

"We're not trying to work on the ability for people under the age of 13 to sign up," Zuckerberg told reporters when asked about the issue at the e-G8 Internet forum in Paris May 25.

Despite the remarks he made earlier, Zuckerberg says the complexity of the issue and laws surrounding it move changing the age restriction a low priority for his company.

"That's just not top of the list of things for us to figure out right now," Zuckerberg tells the press at the Paris summit. "Some time in the future, I think it makes sense to explore that, but we're not working on it right now."

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