The social media platforms Facebook and Instagram, which are part of the company Goalby Mark Zuckerberg, have just unveiled a slew of new features aimed at protecting their younger users from online harm.
The purpose of such action is to create, in this way, a more secure and age-appropriate experience for each user of the networks in question.
The changes were eventually made last Monday, the 21st, and the company, through a press release, stated the following:
“From now on, all children under the age of 16 [ou menores de 18, em alguns países] will have more private settings when they log into Facebook.”
The new feature made available by the company is intended to encourage teen users of the respective platforms to choose settings that are more private, such as selecting who can see their friends list.
In addition, users will also be able to choose who sees the people, pages and lists you follow. In that same vein, teen users will still have the option to choose which people can see posts they’re tagged in on their profile before they go live, and which connections are allowed to comment on their public posts.
The company has also introduced new age verification tools and parental controls for young users in India in early 2022.
Meta found that more than 75% of people who were reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children for sharing child exploitation content did not do so out of outrage, bad temper or even disgust.
The company later stated the following:
“We are working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children [NCMEC] to build a global platform for teens who are concerned that intimate images they create may be shared on public online platforms without their consent.
This platform will be similar to the work we have done to stop the non-consensual sharing of intimate adult images.”
The company aims to prevent more cases of cyberbullyingpredators, scams, or even exposure to content that is inappropriate for your younger users.