Posted by Kalyani M. on Oct 29, 2013
Facebook has recently made some changes to its privacy rules for teenagers. According to the new policy, teenagers between the ages 13 and 17 can now share their posts with everyone on the Internet. They can post status updates, images and videos that can be seen by anyone, and not just their friends or people who know their friends.These changes might help Facebook to become more competitive against other social media networks that appeal to young users. Also, having public data on teenagers, and their likes/dislikes will attract more advertisers.
When an underage user signs up for a Facebook account their posts will be shown to a narrower audience by default –only to Friends. If teenagers decide to choose “Public” in the audience selector setting then they will see a reminder that the post can be seen by anyone, not just people they know, with an option to change the post’s privacy. And if they continue to post publicly, they will get another reminder saying that anyone in the public can see their posts now. Default settings for existing teenagers with profiles won’t change or affect past posts. Besides giving warnings to the users while changing their setting to private, Facebook also maintains the privacy of teenagers online by:
In a blog post, Facebook says that it has loosened the privacy restrictions to make its service more enjoyable for teenagers, and give them an opportunity to express their views and opinions in a public platform. Justifying its new move, Facebook states “Teens are among the savviest people using social media, and whether it comes to civic engagement, activism, or their thoughts on a new movie, they want to be heard. So, starting today, people aged 13 through 17 will also have the choice to post publicly on Facebook.”
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