Facebook privacy options now allow teens to post publicly

October 18, 2013

Facebook last week announced that it has made a change that will allow users aged 13 through 17 to share their status updates publicly – up until now, this demographic could only choose to share a status post with “friends” or “friends of friends.” As a protective measure, Facebook will warn minors opting to post publicly that they are exposing themselves to a broader audience. The caution will repeat before every post, as long as the settings remain on "public." Kathryn Montgomery, an American University communications professor who has written a book about how the internet affects children, is worried that “unleashing teens to share more about themselves” to a public audience will allow advertisers to collect more personal data about minors, "who aren't aware that their movements and interests are under a digital microscope." Globe and Mail (Associated Press) | Facebook News Release