Facebook To Relax Privacy Policy

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Facebook is relaxing its privacy policy and settings for people aged 13-17. The changes, which are in effect now, mean that young people aged 13-17 years old can now post publicly on the site and also allows their profiles to be ‘followed’ by other users. Facebook has been around for about 9 years now and, as of late, the site has experienced waning support of young people who are put off by older users on the site, namely their parents and grandparents. This move is thought to have been implemented as a way to compete with other social websites, like Twitter and Tumblr, who are not so strict in terms of privacy. Here are some details about the new changes.

  • When 13-17 year olds join Facebook now, their initial privacy setting will be to share with ‘Friends’ instead of ‘Friends of Friends’, which it was previously.
  • Facebook now makes it possible for 13-17 year olds to post publicly on Facebook for status updates, photos, check-ins and other content. Teens will also be able to opt-in to the ‘Follow’ feature. Previously, teens could not make public posts. Facebook rationale is to enable teens to have a voice on the platform – to share their views and opinions.
  • Facebook has introduced inline reminders; so, when a teen chooses to post publicly, they will see a reminder that the post can be seen by anyone and an option will be available to change the sharing option for the post.


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