Facebook Becomes Creeptastic
The social media giant is now allowing teenager's posts to go public. Be concerned, be very concerned.
Until now, teens were restricted to sharing posts with "Friends of Friends" or even just "Friends." Facebook announced in a blog post that they now allow the 13-to-17-year-old set to share their pics, status updates and comments to the general public.
Some reasons why this is creepy:
1. Advertising and marketing companies can now collect a teenager's public data
2. Strangers will be able to "follow" them and see public posts in a News Feed
3. Junior might not be the best at grasping how his digital trail might haunt him in the future
Facebook has been around for nearly a decade and stopped being cool ever since grandpa sent a friend request. The new setting seems to be Facebook's effort to hang onto its younger crowd, many of whom have migrated to Twitter and Instagram that allow public 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," Facebook's announcement states. "While only a small fraction of teens using Facebook might choose to post publicly, this update now gives them the choice to share more broadly, just like on other social media services."
The social media giant said it has added steps to protect a teen's privacy, saying teens will be sent reminders when they post that their content will be public. Of course savvy teens can get around that loophole by doing what they've always done -- lie about their age.
Parents, you might want to have a sit-down with your kid.
Is your child allowed to have a facebook account?