Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) has long been criticized for pushing the limits of privacy time and again. But now the social networking giant plans to show people that it is a privacy-respecting platform. With the same mission, the Menlo Park-based company has joined hands with the National Association of Attorneys General to teach teenagers how to manage their profiles on the social networking site.
Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) announced today to work with 19 attorneys general across the United States to create state-specific videos and tip sheets that will teach teens to better manage their Facebook pages. The videos and sheets will be created by Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) privacy team, and will answer questions the social media site receives from its users on privacy.
A brainchild of NAAG president and Maryland attorney general Douglas F. Gansler, the teen privacy awareness campaign aims to make it easy for the younger generation to control their data. Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg met with Gansler and other state attorneys general yesterday to talk about the program ahead of the privacy summit this week.
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Sandberg said that Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) team works hard to ensure that users fully understand how they can stay safe online and control their information. She thanked Douglas Gansler for bringing up the issue.
Privacy of users, especially teens, is a serious issue as the company keeps adding more and more features and services to the site. That makes it difficult for people to control where and how their information is used. However, it’s not the first step taken by Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) to educate the younger generation about managing their privacy. Immediately after launching Graph Search in February, Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) issued a note on how the search feature will affect teenagers.
Facebook Inc (NASDAQ:FB) shares were down 3.07 percent to $26.56 at 2:36 PM EDT.