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Published October 17, 2013, 07:07 PM

Facebook policy change lets teens go public

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A social media giant is creating serious buzz after announcing a policy change.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A social media giant is creating serious buzz after announcing a policy change.

Facebook announced teenagers will now have the option to let their posts be viewed by the general public.

Previously, their posts could only be seen by their friends or "friends of friends.”

Critics say the policy change will open teens up to predators and bullying.

Facebook says it allows teenagers a larger platform to express ideas, but experts say there's another motive.

Maren Hamilton- Social Media Specialist, Flint Communications: "Now they can be a better place to advertise to teens because, previously, it was a lot harder to target people in between the ages of 13 and 17."

According to the Pew Research Center, 60% of teens say they've checked their privacy settings in the past month.

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