According to Bloomberg on Thursday, Facebook Inc. is loosening rules to let teens share their content publicly, as the world’s largest social-networking service looks to woo younger members and stave off competition.
Previously, users aged 13 to 17 previously could only share posts as widely as “friends of friends,” they now can make a message or photo available to anyone on the service or across the Web, the company said in a post yesterday. At the same time, Facebook will make “friends” the first option for teens sharing items when they join the site, more restrictive than the previous “friends of friends” preset alternative.
"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," Facebook wrote. "So, starting today, people aged 13 through 17 will also have the choice to post publicly on Facebook."
Social media sites like Twitter, YouTube and Facebook-owned Instagram have already allowed young users to share their information and posts publicly.
The New York Times reports Facebook is less concerned about children's privacy and more about bringing in advertising money for its shareholders. More public information about its users means ads can target them more specifically.
Does this change your opinion on the safety of Facebook, and will you continue to let your teens use the social media?
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