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President Obama doesn't let his daughters use Facebook

December 15, 2011 |  1:32 pm

President Obama visits Facebook headquarters in April.

President Obama may have friended Facebook. But he and First Lady Michelle Obama don't let their daughters, Sasha and Malia, use it.

The revelation came in a People magazine interview.

"Why would we want to have a whole bunch of people who we don’t know knowing our business? That doesn’t make much sense,” the president said in the interview.

The first lady pointed out that Malia is 13 and Sasha 10, the interview said. Joked the president: "We'll see how they feel in four years."

Technically, only Malia is old enough to have an account on Facebook. Federal regulations prohibit websites from collecting information from users younger than 13. As a result, Facebook requires its users to be at least 13.

That hasn't stopped millions of preteens from signing up for Facebook, often with their parents' help.

Regulators are considering updating laws to reflect the new era of social networks and smartphone apps. The Federal Trade Commission proposed tougher privacy protections for children younger than 13, broadening requirements covering the collection of personal information by websites and online apps as well as how to obtain parental approval.


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 Photo: President Obama at Facebook headquarters in April. Photo credit: Jim Young / Reuters