Screen shot of Facebook's new alert for changing the Privacy setting of underage posters (via Facebook)
Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- The world's largest social network is giving teens 13-17 the ability to be more public on the platform.
Starting Wednesday, Facebook will give teen users the option to make their posts "public," that would then make them visible to anyone online, or on the internet.
To date, Facebook had restricted the visibility, and searchability, of teens on their network, limiting posts by the 13-17 year-old age group to be visible only to their friends.
Currently on the social net, adults over 18 have seen Post Privacy options available, and these now will be offered to teen users as well.
The change will not be automatically placed on users' status updates however, they will be given the option to choose whether their posts are visible to just their friends, friends of friends, or visible publicly.
According to Facebook's blog post about the change, "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."
Teen users will also be given a "follow" option for their public posts, so a comment, photo, or link shared by a teen can be seen in people's News Feeds.
This raises some concerns of safety, and Facebook addressed that as well. "We take the safety of teens very seriously, so they will see an extra reminder before they can share publicly."
Previous posts from underage users will remain private though, the social net said, so their older posts won't suddenly be visible to anyone else.