The recent updates in the privacy measures taken by Instagram and Facebook have been widely appreciated. From increased parental control to safety features, the latest upgrade by Meta will provide more security for teens who use these platforms.
Meta has just introduced new privacy updates for teenagers logging onto Instagram and Facebook. Specifically, anyone under the age of 16 or 18 (depending on the country) will now have their account automatically set to the private mode when they join Facebook.
In order to get teens to start using more private settings, Facebook is going to encourage them by changing some things. For example, their friends’ list, the posts they’re tagged in, and the people and lists they follow will now be visible to only a select few. This privacy update comes after Instagram made similar changes about a year ago.
To protect teenagers from being messaged by adults they don’t know, Meta is testing out some new methods. For example, an account belonging to an adult that has been recently blocked or reported by a young user would be considered suspicious.
On Facebook, Meta will not show these types of accounts in the “People You May Know” recommendations for teens. In addition, Meta is also experimenting with the removal of the message button on teen Instagram accounts when viewed by adults who may be suspicious.
Meta is also collaborating with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to assemble a comprehensive international platform for teenagers concerned about their personal images being distributed online without permission.
The main objective of the platform is to hinder teenagers’ intimate images from being exposed online, and it will operate similarly to Meta’s present system meant for stopping the distribution of adult pictures.
Meta claims that its software can be utilized by other businesses after its creation. In a blog post, team meta suggests-
“We’ve been working closely with NCMEC, experts, academics, parents and victim advocates globally to help develop the platform and ensure it responds to the needs of teens so they can regain control of their content in these horrific situations. We’ll have more to share on this new resource in the coming weeks.”
In addition to this, Meta is partnering with Thorn and their NoFiltr project to break the silence surrounding intimate images. The educational materials will allow teenagers who are experiencing sextortion feel empowered and in control.
Meta is also discovering new methods of protection for young people based on their behavior, such as when teens create a social media account. Meta has confirmed that its Artificial Intelligence (AI) can be used to detect minors and prevent adults from messaging them in the future.
These recent changes show that Meta is committed to the safety of its users, particularly teenagers. It is safe to say that these updates will prove helpful in protecting the privacy of teens who use Facebook and Instagram as it allows them to be more cautious about the content they share online.
For those looking for more information on the most recent updates from Meta, you can visit their blog page to get detailed descriptions of the security features being implemented.
Shivendra Tiwari is an Engineer and an MBA in Marketing. He is the Content head at Marketing91 and a thorough Online Marketing enthusiast. Shivendra loves to follow different brands and study their Business and Marketing tactics.