Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy, shared with the Washington Post that federal regulators should intervene to protect teen privacy.
“To parents and teens, Facebook is claiming they are giving them more options to protect their privacy. But in reality, they are making a teen’s information more accessible, now that they have the option to post publicly,” Chester said in the Washington Post. “Today’s announcement actually removes a safeguard that teens currently have.”
Los Angeles Times reporter Jessica Guynn shared that parents are also alarmed by the changes. Pew Research published a report that found “59% of parents of teens who use social networking sites have talked to their kids because they were concerned about something posted on their profile or account.”
Despite push back about privacy, Facebook maintains that they take privacy seriously, Sharon Gaudin from ComputerWorld reports. According to a blog post from Facebook, “when teens choose ‘Public’ in the audience selector, they’ll see a reminder that the post can be seen by anyone, not just people they know, with an option to change the post’s privacy. And if they choose to continue posting publicly, they will get an additional reminder.”
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