Facebook Allowing Younger Users More Freedom

Brittany Vincent

Less privacy restrictions for Facebook users under 18

Younger Facebook users will now have much more freedom from the more adult-oriented social network. Previously, 13 to 17-year-olds who signed up were previously restricted from sharing updates, photos, and comments with the public, but now Facebook is relaxing its stance in an apparent bid to compete with other networks that allow younger users much more freedom.

Changes went into effect Thursday, via CNN , and younger users will be able to allow people to follow their profiles, post publicly, and interact with a wider scope of users than they were previously. However, this will not be without warning screens that will attempt to educate users on what "private" or "public" posts really mean.

At least there's some sort of attempt at letting younger users know there may be repercussions for their actions. This doesn't actually seem like such a great idea, but Facebook apparently needs to do something to up its user base, and this is a possible solution.

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