In the past, teen users did not have the option to share comments and photos more broadly than to friends of friends. This eased parents' fears by keeping teen information and pictures somewhat more private, but it also kept advertisers from accessing teen status updates and using them in their campaigns.
The changes will take effect immediately, according to an announcement in Facebook's "Newsroom." The press release explains that the company made the change to allow its "savviest users" to reach a broader audience with their posts:
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. So, starting today, people aged 13 through 17 will also have the choice to post publicly on Facebook.
The good news is that the initial privacy setting for new teen users will default to "Friends Only," so teens will have to manually change the setting if they want their information shared.
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