As the Christmas season approaches and kids spend more time online and interacting with friends, Meta has released a new set of enhancements to help safeguard young users from potential exposure to predators and other hazardous behaviors on the app.
Updated Tools and Settings
First off, if a person under the age of 16 signs up for a Facebook account, Meta will automatically install stricter privacy settings. The app’s most restrictive privacy settings will restrict who can view their friend list and the Pages they follow. It also conceals posts they are tagged in and prevents people who are not connected from leaving comments on their public posts.
The precautions will guarantee that kids have more privacy in the app. Although they can still change the default settings, making this the standard may help to ensure that younger users are at least aware of these options.
Additionally, Meta is introducing new notifications that will entice young users to use the app’s many safety tools and features.
Partnerships with Meta in Protecting Young Users
The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and Meta are collaborating to expand their initiative to assist teen users in preventing the misuse of their intimate photographs.