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Facebook is loosening privacy rules for teens

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Now, strangers may be able to see your child’s profile on Facebook, the popular social network.

It’ll be a lot easier to find out information about teenagers on Facebook.

Starting this week, when a child between 13 and 17 makes a Facebook profile, they’ll have the option to share their photos, updates, and comments with the general public.

But the teen has to opt-in. When they do, they’ll be asked several times if they’re sure because the change means total strangers will be able to see those posts. And so will advertisers.

Marketers will be able to use that public information to release targeted ads and teens are a big market.

Many kids have jobs and money of their own to spend. That could mean movie ads, clothing ads, food and electronic ads and more advertising dollars for Facebook.

The change also brings the company’s policies more in line with rivals Twitter and Tumblr.

Facebook says it’s making the move to give teenagers more choice.

By the way, if you don’t want the world to know where you live or what you did last weekend, leave the privacy setting on the default setting.

It’s stricter, and only allows teens’ information to be shared with their friends.