Meta wants better privacy for teens on Instagram and Facebook

The parent company of Facebook and Instagram is rolling out additional updates to better protect young people from adults they don’t know.

The parent company Meta, which owns Facebook and Instagram, is rolling out additional features for both apps to better protect teens. Effective immediately, everyone under the age of 16 (or under 18 in certain countries) will be set to more private settings by default when they join Facebook, the company writes in a Message (engl.).

In addition to existing measures, Meta is testing ways to protect young people from “suspicious adults”. A “suspicious” account belongs to an adult who e.g. B. was recently blocked or reported by a young person. As of last year, adults can’t message teens they’re not connected with, and they don’t see teens in their recommendations for people they may know.

Chats with unknown adults are made more difficult

The aim is to protect young people from communicating on social media with unfamiliar adults who could be dangerous. As an additional safeguard, it is testing removing the message button from teens’ Instagram accounts when viewed by suspicious adults.

In addition, young people are encouraged to choose the following more private attitudes:

  • Who can see their friends list.
  • Who can see the people, pages, and lists they follow.
  • Who can see the posts they are tagged in on their profile.
  • Reviewing posts they are tagged in before the post appears on their profile.
  • Who can comment on your public posts?

The suggested settings

(Those: Meta)

For more information see Blog (engl.).

Source: com! professional by www.com-magazin.de.

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