Facebook change raising safety concerns

Facebook change raising safety concerns

FACEBOOK FRIENDS: Critics say it will be harder to keep teens safe online since Facebook has relaxed its privacy settings for those aged 13-17. Photo:

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It’s a change that affects Facebook users who list their ages as between 13 and 17. And it’s a policy that is leading to concerns about how the popular social networking site lets people share information.

Facebook will now allow teens to share their posts with anyone on the Internet.

Until now, such younger Facebook users had been limited to sharing information and photos only to their own friends or friends of those friends.

The change is raising concerns that minors could leave a digital trail that could lead to trouble.

For its part, Facebook says it decided to revise its privacy rules to make its service more enjoyable for teens and to provide them with a more powerful forum when they believe they have an important point to make or a cause to support.

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

‘Mortdecai,’ ‘American Ultra’ among the year’s biggest box office flops


The list of this year's most disappointing box office performers is out.

in Music

Unsolved: 6 rockers and rappers whose deaths remain a mystery


These six unsolved deaths bring the ugly underbelly of the music industry to the surface. We pair each artist with their swan song hit.

in Black Friday, Lifestyle

Three ways to curb holiday spending


Ah, the holidays. A time to get together, celebrate with family and make questionable life choices.

in Black Friday, National

History of the holiday: Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving celebrations date back to the first European settlements in America, but it wasn't until the 1860s that it was declared a national holiday.

in Entertainment

WATCH: 7 fun facts to make you think this Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is a time of coming together with family and friends. In between bites of stuffing and pumpkin pie, snack on these unusual Turkey Day facts.