Protecting minors has become a priority for all industries involved in computer security on the Internet.
That’s why Meta company, owned by businessman Mark Zuckerberg, has made a series of restructuring announcements. guarantees the safety of underage social network users.
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These regulations were announced in a statement explaining that starting in 2021, children and adolescents on the Internet are trying to avoid at all costs interacting with unknown adults, which could be suspicious and dangerous.
“Last year, we shared some of the steps we are taking to protect teens from interacting with potentially suspicious adults. For example, we restrict messages from adults to teens with whom they have no connections, or avoid showing teens on recommendations from people they may know,” the circular reads.
Same way, Meta urged its younger users to consider taking advantage of these new settings for their safety.
“We’re asking teens to report accounts after they’ve blocked someone, and we’re sending them security notifications with information on how to handle inappropriate messages from adults,” the statement said.
What is the new feature?
This new security system for minors will allow the user to report inappropriate contacts from unknown persons on social networks of Zuckerberg’s metadata store (Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and WhatsApp).
This includes the ability to filter who can see the user’s friend list. as well as your followers, posts, tags and comments.
“This change comes with the introduction of similar default privacy settings for teens on Instagram, as well as our Security by Design schemes and ‘Best Interest of the Child‘” Meta explained.
This strategy emerged in partnership with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC); The body that Meta used to analyze reports of the dissemination of obscene material in the past.
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“We recently found that more than 75% of people we reported to NCMEC for uploading abusive content shared intimate images of teens out of anger, pessimism, or hatred with no intent to harm,” the document states.
Finally, this alliance aims to create educational material for minors and their families focused on the proper use of social networks: “We also have a guide for parents on how to talk to their adolescents about intimate images at the education center at our school. Family Center”.
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