Meta wants to better protect teenagers

The Meta Group announces a series of measures for the protection of teenagers on social networks Facebook and Instagram. By default, a new Facebook user under the age of 16 (or under 18 depending on the country) will benefit from the most protective privacy settings.

For teens who are already signed up and present on Facebook, they will be encouraged to use these settings which revolve around controlling who can see or respond to content on an account. With a private accountpeople have to follow it to be able to see posts.

With Instagram, default settings offering guarantees for the protection of teen privacy had already been applied since last year. Today, it is therefore Facebook that is getting in tune… while its popularity among teenagers is questionable.


Better protection against predators

Meta also announces the testing of new solutions to protect adolescents against messages from suspicious adults with which they are not connected. These contacts will for example not be included in the list of recommendations (“You may know”).

Suspicious accounts may have been recently blocked or reported by a teenager. Teenagers will also be encouraged via notifications to report accounts they block.

On Instagram, Meta is also testing for teenage accounts the complete removal of the message button to write when viewed by a suspicious adult. Since last summer, sensitive content for teenagers is also restricted by default.

Against sextortion

As part of work with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), Meta says it is working to create a global platform for adolescents ” who fear that intimate images they have created will be shared on public online platforms without their consent.

The operation of the platform for teenagers will be similar to the platform set up by Meta to help adults deal with revenge porn. A hash is generated to proactively prevent the distribution of images on Facebook and Instagram.

Source: GNT – Actualités by

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