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Facebook Loosens Rules to Let Teens Share Their Content Publicly

Facebook Inc. is loosening rules to let teens share their content publicly, as the world’s largest social-networking service looks to woo younger members and stave off competition.

While users aged 13 to 17 previously could only share posts as widely as “friends of friends,” they now can make a message or photo available to anyone on the service or across the Web, the company said in a post yesterday. At the same time, Facebook will make “friends” the first option for teens sharing items when they join the site, more restrictive than the previous “friends of friends” preset alternative.