Facebook Loosens Privacy Settings for Teens

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Facebook announced Wednesday it is now allowing teenagers between the ages 13-17 to share their posts with anyone on the Internet.

Previously, teens were only allowed to share their posts with people directly on their network.

Although Facebook will warn minors opting to be more open that they are exposing themselves to a broader audience, the change raises concerns about the risk of minors leaving a digital trail.

Facebook said it made the changes "to provide teens with a more powerful megaphone when they believe they have an important point to make or a cause to support."

Kathryn Montgomery, an American University professor of communications who has written a book about how the Internet affects children, says the question remains whether teens understand how sharing their thoughts or pictures of their activities can come back to haunt them.
Facebook hasn't disclosed how many of its nearly 1.2 billon users are teens. While it bans children under 13 from setting up accounts on its service, the social networking giant doesn't have a reliable way to verify users' ages.

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