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Attorneys general, Facebook team up

Facebook and 19 state attorneys general announced they’re joining forces to educate young people about the basics of online security.

Maryland state Attorney General Doug Gansler, president of the National Association of Attorneys General, said the attorneys general and Facebook will distribute public service announcements outlining how teens and their parents can control online information on Facebook and across the Web.

Facebook will post the announcements on its Facebook safety page, while state attorneys general will do the same on their own Facebook pages and official websites.

“We hope this campaign will encourage consumers to closely manage their privacy and these tools and tips will help provide a safer online experience,” Gansler said in a Facebook release.

Facebook will also release a video answering top questions it has heard from teachers, parents and teens about online privacy, bullying and Internet safety. Those participating in the initiative will also distribute a tip sheet on what users can do to protect their online privacy.

The company has been criticized for its approach to online privacy.

Facebook has released several prominent privacy efforts in the past year to make privacy controls and settings more accessible to the company’s billion-strong user base.

In December, the company redesigned its privacy controls in an attempt to clarify issues such as which user posts appear on their profile pages. Facebook also released a note in February specifically aimed at how changes to its search tool affected younger users.

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