Facebook has relaxed its privacy settings for teenagers, who could previously not post publicly. The latest makeover allows teenagers to manually alter their settings as to how broad an audience can see their posts.
Facebook said in a statement that teens are among the savviest people using social media, and when it comes to civic engagement, activism, or their thoughts on a new movie, they want to be heard.
"While only a small fraction of teens using Facebook might choose to post publicly, this update now gives them the choice to share more broadly, just like on other social media services," the social networking giant said.
However, the Center for Digital Democracy opposed Facebook's move and has asked the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to take a closer look at the proposed privacy changes, as it believes they could have a negative impact on teens.
Center for Digital Democracy project director of digital marketing and youth initiative, Joy Spencer, said the new changes should raise alarm among parents and any groups concerned about the welfare of teens using Facebook.
"By giving itself permission to use the name, profile picture and other content of teens as it sees fit for commercial purposes, Facebook will bring to bear the full weight of a very powerful marketing apparatus to teen social networks," Spencer said.
Other social media services also let teens share information with the big audiences, however the amount of personal information users have on Facebook is thought to be more extensive than other social sites.