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Facebook Changes Privacy Settings for Teens

October 17, 2013

(CNN) — Facebook is relaxing its rules for teenagers.

The 13- to 17-year-old set now has the option to share photos, updates and comments with the general public on Facebook. That means strangers and companies collecting data for advertisers and marketing companies will be able to see select posts. Strangers will also be able to “follow” teens they don’t know and see their public posts in the main news feed.

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The changes will take effect immediately, the company announced in a blog post. The new setting might help Facebook compete against other social networks that skew younger and having public data on teens will also help the company appeal to advertisers.

The social network is trying to balance the less strict settings with two other privacy protections. When…

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