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Meta introduces new, stricter message settings for teenagers on Facebook and Instagram

Following its recent changes to the teen’s experience on its social apps, a stricter message setting for teens who are using Instagram and Facebook has been introduced.

Up until now, adults over the age of 19 were restricted from messaging teens who don’t follow them. The new setting announced today makes it possible to turn off teens’ ability to receive DMs from anyone they don’t follow or aren’t connected to on Instagram, including other teens, by default.

The new default setting will apply to all teens under the age of 16 (or under 18 in certain countries). Those affected will receive a notification informing them about the new changes on Instagram at the top of their Feed.

Apart from Instagram, changes to teens’ default settings on Messenger have been made, so those under 16 (or 18 in certain countries) will only receive messages from Facebook friends, or people they’re connected to through phone contacts.

Finally, a new feature will be launched that will help protect teens from seeing unwanted and potentially inappropriate images in their messages from people they’re already connected to.

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