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Facebook privacy change allows teens to post to public

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

A change by Facebook allows teens to have their posts seen by strangers.

Up until now, when a user between the ages of 13 and 17 went to post a picture or a status update there were limits on who could see that post. They could have it seen by friends, or even friends of friends. 

Facebook announced a change Wednesday which allows their posts to be seen by the broader public.

"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," Facebook said.

Privacy experts say this is a money grab by Facebook and the social network should make teens wait until they're 18 and more mature to have that option.

Facebook points out, that all posts are public by default, on other social media networks, like Twitter and Instagram.

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