Facebook launches Youth Portal

17 May 2018

Facebook offers help with data use and safety


Facebook has released a new Youth Portal offering teens guidance on staying safe on the network, as well as help with understanding how their data is used.

Details can be found at https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2018/05/the-facebook-youth-portal-and-our-ongoing-work-with-teens/. Written by Antigone Davis, Global Head of Safety and Karuna Nain, Global Policy Programs Manager, it explains how young people can get the most out Facebook products such as Groups, Events and Profile, while staying safe and controlling what is shared. It also gives information on the types of data Facebook collects and how it is used.

The portal is available in 60 languages at http://facebook.com/safety/youth.

In March, Facebook and data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica were at the centre of a dispute over the harvesting and use of personal data - and whether it was used to influence the outcome of the US 2016 presidential election or the UK Brexit referendum.

Facebook can build detailed and sophisticated profiles on users' likes, dislikes, lifestyles and political leanings. Games and quizzes on Facebook are designed to tempt users in, but they can often be just a shop front for mass data collection.

It was information from a third party personality quiz - This is Your Digital Life - produced by psychology professor Aleksandr Kogan, placed on Facebook and funded by Cambridge Analytica, that Cambridge Analytica then is alleged to have used to harvest the data of millions of people.

The data was gathered using Facebook's services at that time, but the data was not authorised for them to share with others. Facebook has now changed its terms and conditions to cut down on the information that third parties can collect, specifically stopping them from accessing data about users' friends. Facebook insisted that when they learned their rules had been breached, they removed the app and demanded assurances that the information had been deleted.

How you can you protect your personal information:

  • Log in to Facebook and visit the App Settings page
  • Click Edit button under Apps, Websites and Plugins
  • Disable Platform.

Limit the personal information accessible by apps while still using them:

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