FACEBOOK CHANGES PRIVACY POLICY FOR TEENS

Submitted Mon, 10/21/2013 - 8:05am by BossFrog
While parents are usually taking freedoms away from their teenagers, Facebook is doing the opposite. The social networking site is loosening privacy restrictions for users aged 13 to 17. Now, teens will be able to share content, including photos and status updates, with people they don’t know. Prior to the change, teens’ posts could only be viewed by their friends and friends of friends. Facebook says they revised their privacy policy in order to keep up with their competitors. Plus, they argue, “teens want to be heard.” But critics are concerned that the new policy puts teenagers at risk. Currently, more than 90% of teens are thought to have Facebook accounts. And nearly 60% of parents with teenaged kids have expressed concern about their teens’ social media use.