New measures to protect young users on Facebook and Instagram

New measures to protect young users on Facebook and Instagram

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21 November 2022

Constantly in the eye of regulators for the actions it takes to protect the security and privacy of users, Meta is making some upgrades that specifically address the accounts of young users under the age of 16 (or 18).

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Since last year, it has stopped showing accounts of young users to adults in the People You May Know section, and will now stop showing accounts flagged as "suspicious" by teen users. At the same time, it removes the button to send a message to the accounts of teenage users on Instagram in case their profile has been visited by an adult "suspicious" user.

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The company also automatically activates the strictest security controls on accounts belonging to teenage users, such as who can see their friends list, the posts where they have been tagged, who can comment on their posts and see which pages or accounts follows.

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Finally, Meta is working closely with NCMEC in the US to create a new platform where teen users can go to voice their concerns about private moments being shared against their will.

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