Facebook's main goal is connecting people but they've realized that not too many teens are using their social media platform to connect. Adolescents seem to prefer Snapchat and Instagram, possibly because of the flashy filters you can use to customize photos and videos. In an effort to garner more high school-aged users, this week Facebook released a new, free app.
But the internet has never really been a safe place for children. Many experts are concerned that this new app will not do a good job of protecting their underaged users.
Facebook's new app is called "Lifestage," and it's meant to capture just that - the teen's personality in their current stage of life. They can upload videos and pictures to share their interests and pet peeves to build a profile that gives viewers a sense of who they are at this point in time. They can customize it with silly cartoon filters too and their friends can respond with videos, templates or emojis.
The app is only meant for teens and young adults, ages 13 through 21, and you must select the high school you attend.