When Facebook Teen Posting Policy Treads the Public Path

October 18, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

A look at the numbers on social media would reveal that almost every one you know is networking on social space at any given point of time.  And, it is a fact that most of them out there is on Facebook.

Cutting across all ages, from teens to seniors , Facebook is frequented by almost all around us. And, they’ re loving it too.  The social networking major had been keeping minors a bit frustrated with its restrictions.

One of the rules in the game used to be that users under 18 could post only to friends or friends of friends.


Not anymore. Facebook has eased restrictions on usage of the network by minors. According to the new norms, teens can post publicly. So that comes along with a policy change, which states that:

“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”.

Facebook goes on to say that ‘while only a small fraction of teens using Facebook might choose to post publicly’, the new update is expected to give teens the option of sharing to a wider audience.

It is expected that the new norms would enhance user experience for teenaged FB lovers.  The social network is also including an extra reminder before teens click the button to share publicly, so that safety is given some amount of priority too.

With the safety reminder, teens that tend to share anything would be made to think a second time as to who all will see their shared posts.


The new move is also seen as climbing on to a marketing horizon where advertises look at teens also as potential audiences. The new policy change could be a Facebook strategy to tap the teen potential where advertising would stand to gain.

Whatever the aims are, teens are sure to be a happy lot. Fort they from now on, can behave as adults at least on the social network. Opinions, thoughts and missions that require broader attention could climb on to the public ladder and get some exposure too.

As long as teens express restraint when it comes to posting private thoughts as a fall out of excitement and also pictures that don’t need to be public, the new policy change from Facebook is more than welcome. But then, teens these days are a thinking lot. After all, teens think like adults in these times, don’t they?

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