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Facebook teams up with 19 state attorneys general to educate teens on internet privacy

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Facebook has announced that it will be partnering with the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) to help teens and their parents manage their privacy, both on Facebook and on the internet at large. The complexity of Facebook's privacy settings and what personal information is shared on the social network has long been a concern, and this marks the company's latest partnership to try and make things a bit clearer. The NAAG will work with Facebook to offer a series of informational releases and tools that it hopes will "ensure that young people make safe, smart, and responsible choices online," says Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg. The initiative was lead by Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, and was announced this morning at his "Privacy in the Digital Age" event.

For starters, 19 state-specific PSAs from each specific state's attorneys general and Sandberg as well as an internet safety video titled "What you Can Do to Control Your Information" will be released tomorrow, along with a privacy tip sheet. This info will be available on Facebook's standard safety page as well as the Facebook pages and websites of the participating attorneys general. Facebook is also creating "Ask the Safety Team" videos; these clips are based on several years of research the team has done while traveling around the country answering people's questions. The video series will compile the most commonly-asked questions surrounding privacy, bullying prevention, and overall online safety. We don't know what states are participating yet, but it sounds like more states will be partcipating in the coming year. It's too early to say whether or not these initiatives will help users navigate Facebook's complex privacy system, but more education certainly can't hurt.