This week, Facebook rolled out a new bundle of safety tools that are designed to give parents more insight into who their children are talking to on Messenger and Instagram. Beginning now, parents can track how much time their kid spends on Messenger and get updates when their child changes their privacy settings, blocks another user, or updates their contact list. Parents will also now be able to review what type of user is allowed to message their child, though they don’t have the ability to change that setting.
“Today’s updates were designed to help teens feel in control of their online experiences and help parents feel equipped to support their teens,” Facebook said in a statement. “We’ll continue to collaborate with parents and experts to develop additional features that support teens and their families.”
Over the past several years, Facebook has been repeatedly criticized for the way it treats young users, with many lawmakers and advocates accusing the company of prioritizing profits over safety. Many states are now considering legislation to hold Facebook accountable for these issues, so these new features are likely a way to get ahead of the problem.
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