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Facebook defends move to ease privacy policy for teen users

Facebook defending its decision of easing its privacy policy for teen users has reportedly claimed that teenagers are `experts` at controlling who they share their online content with.



London: Facebook defending its decision of easing its privacy policy for teen users has reportedly claimed that teenagers are `experts` at controlling who they share their online content with.

The social media giant has received criticism for easing its policy for teenagers and allowing them more scope to post material for public view, which was earlier restricted to only `friends of friends`.

According to a website, the site says that its tightened privacy settings for users aged 13-17 years, restricts sharing of posts to friends only by default, while the previous default included friends of friends, who might not be directly known by the user.

Facebook spokesperson said that the company has also introduced additional tools to help educate teens on the implications of sharing a post with a public audience, with reminders as they post along with an option to change the privacy settings.

Earlier the privacy policy restricted sharing of content with public even if the setting has been made to `share with everyone`, however, that has been removed now, and teens can have same control over their content as adults.

An entrepreneur who creates digital products for children, Dylan Collins said that kids have grown up with these platforms as digital natives, and thus they absorb the changes with less drama than older generations.

However, privacy groups argue that Facebook has failed to address complaints that its data collection practices for targeted advertising don`t adequately protect its youngest users.

Collins shared a similar view and said that it is a difficult task to provide online security to teens as a result of the experience gap between the people creating the law and the people (children) whose activities it tries to protect, the report added.

From Zee News

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