Meta’s New Safety Features
In a blog post, Meta stated, “We’re offering an update on how we safeguard children and work to ensure safe, age-appropriate experiences for teens on Facebook and Instagram.”
The parent company of Facebook and Instagram, Meta, is introducing new tools to safeguard teenagers’ privacy on its services. Teen users will automatically be placed in more private settings on these platforms when they are 16 or 18, depending on the local regulations.
Facebook’s teen users’ privacy settings will restrict:
- Who has access to their friend list
- Who has access to the pages, lists, and people they follow?
- Who has access to the profile’s posts that they are tagged in
- Reviewing posts that contain their tags before they appear on their profile
- Who is permitted to remark on their public posts
Additionally, Meta provided an update on their efforts to prohibit the online smuggling of minors’ intimate photos. It is working on a project with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to create a global platform for teenagers who fear that private photographs they clicked could be broadcast on public online platforms without authorization.
It read, “We want to do everything we can to deter teens from sharing these images on our apps in the first place. The non-consensual sharing of intimate images can be extremely traumatic.”
According to Meta, they are also collaborating with Thorn and their NoFiltr brand to develop educational materials that empower teenagers to ask for help and regain control if they have shared intimate images or are dealing with sextortion.