Meta Released New Facebook and Instagram Privacy Settings: Meta has just unveiled new privacy features for tweens and teens on social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook. Specifically, Facebook’s age-restricted settings are now automatically enabled when a user is under 16 or under 18 in some regions.
Facebook is going to start pushing its young users to make their profiles more private by limiting who can view their friends’ list, who they are tagged in posts, who they follow, and who can comment on their public postings.
Over a year has passed since Instagram made private profiles the default for new users under the age of 18, and now Facebook has made similar changes. As a result, Meta is experimenting with safeguards to prevent its juvenile users from communicating with strangers, including adults they perceive to be dangerous.
When a minor blocks or reports an adult account, it raises red flags. If Meta detects that a user is under the age of 13, they will not see that account in their “People You May Know” suggestions. Additionally, Meta is testing a feature that disables the “message” option on a teen’s Instagram profile whenever an adult views their profile out of concern for their safety.
Meta rolls out changes in the default privacy settings on Instagram and Facebook. This update protects teens from getting messages from doubtful or suspicious adult accounts. The settings will be automatically applied only for new accounts created by teens. #Facebook #Meta pic.twitter.com/n3h9w07dXb
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In addition, Meta is collaborating with the NCMEC to develop a global platform for young people who are concerned that their private photos may be posted online without their knowledge or permission.
The service is meant to aid Meta in preventing private photos of minors from being shared online. The mechanism will function similarly to how Meta already blocks adults from posting private photos. Meta claims that once the platform is developed, it will be widely used by businesses of all sizes in the technology sector.
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“We’ve been working directly with NCMEC, professionals, academics, parents, and victim advocates globally to help create the platform and guarantee it answers to the requirements of kids so they may retake control of their content in these horrible situations,” Meta wrote in a blog post.
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In the following weeks, we will have additional information to provide about this new resource. Meta is collaborating with Thorn and their NoFiltr brand to dispel the taboo of sharing private photos. The goal of the instructional materials is to encourage young people who are victims of sexting to get the care they need and regain control of their lives.