Facebook Lets Teens Post Publicly
Posted: October 17, 2013 by Emily Brown
As of October 16, Facebook is giving teen's new freedom, i.e., the option to make their posts "public" – visible to anyone on the Internet. Before this change of policy, Facebook users aged 13 to 17 were only allowed to post to a limited audience that maxed out with friends of friends.
The company announced in a blog post yesterday that the changes will take effect immediately.
Facebook's statement also claimed that: "Teens are among the savviest people using social media and whether it comes to civic engagement, activism, or their thoughts on a new movie, they want to be heard. So, starting today, people aged 13 through 17 will also have the choice to post publicly on Facebook."
This change comes as Facebook is making an effort to get its younger users share more broadly, just like they do on other social media services. It's obvious Facebook is not comfortable with the fact that Twitter has become a hub for breaking news while Facebook is primarily a personal tool for many users.
Facebook also added it would allow their teen-aged users to be "followed" the same way they would be on Twitter. As a precaution, the social networking site will remind teens via a short notice that their post is about to be sent out to the entire world before they are allowed to make it public.