Is Facebook Private Anymore?
As it continues to evolve, the ever-changing face and features of Facebook now have more privacy options for teenagers... or lack thereof.
As teens turn away from Facebook for more interesting, intriguing and currently hot social media options such as Twitter and Instagram, the company is trying to bring them back in with new privacy settings just for them.
Once controllably restricted, 13 to 17 year olds can now share photos, updates, and comments with the general public. This means that complete strangers as well as companies collecting data for advertising and marketing purposes.
I'm not sure that this is the way to reel 'em back in, Facebook! In fact, it sounds like something that might do the exact opposite.
Teens can also turn on the "Follow" feature, letting anyone follow them that they are not 'friends' with on the social media platform. This allows 'followers' to view all public posts in the main news feed.
Changes are set to take effect immediately, and Facebook thinks doing so will bring the youngsters back over to the 'book' instead of its competitors social networks because the less restrictive changes will provide more freedom for them despite their age.
Is it just me, or is this new 'open book' kind of scary? The ever-changing platform seems to be dissolving any idea of 'privacy' slowly but surely.
Children under 13 are still not allowed to officially sign up for Facebook. We'll see how long it takes for that to change, as well. Despite this 'rule,' lying about their age is as simple as 1+1=2.
Other ever-changing features of Facebook include the layout, timeline, photos, status updates, news feed, commenting, 'like-ing,' and the most recent one we covered-- removal of the option to be unsearchable on the database. It seems like Facebook is leaning towards entire transparency in the realms of privacy.