Meta announces new measures to protect teens on Instagram and Facebook

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Meta announces new measures to protect teens on Instagram and Facebook

Meta wants to fight sextortion in particular.

The parent company of Instagram and Facebook social networks, Meta, has announced new measures to limit interactions between teenagers and potentially malicious adults.

To achieve this, Meta intends to mark certain accounts as suspicious when they are reported or when they are blocked by a young person, according to a blog post from the company.

These suspicious adult people will no longer appear in Suggestions from People You May Know, a social media recommendation feature of Meta.

The owners of these suspicious accounts will no longer see a button to send a private message when viewing accounts of teenagers (people under 16, or 18 in some countries).

Also, all new accounts from people under the age of 16 (or 18), depending on the region, will automatically have stricter privacy settings from now on. This change will, among other things, limit access to the content we publish to friends' accounts.

The social media giant also wants to tackle the scourge of sextortion. The non-consensual publication of intimate images can be very traumatic. First and foremost, we want to do everything in our power to dissuade teenagers from transmitting these images on our applications, explains Meta in his blog post.

Sextortion is the use sexually explicit personal content of victims by malicious people in order to extort them on the web.

The company says it works with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC ), an American organization that fights against the abuse of minors, to set up a platform that would allow teenagers to remove personal images that could be published without their consent on social networks.

Meta should reveal more about this platform in the coming weeks. Automatic image recognition systems to remove to counter sextortion and revenge porn already exist for adults.

With information from Ars Technica

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