In a recent blog post, Facebook management said that interest in the site from teens is wavering because of the lack of complete openness to the public.
Now that is no longer an issue.
The changes may be small for the average Facebook user, but they could have a major impact on the company's bottom line.
Users between 13 and 17 are now able to share their status updates and photos to the public. This option was only available to those 18 and older.
Before, the updates for teens were only allowed to be viewed by either "Friends" or "Friends of Friends", now the "Public" option is available, allowing anyone to see the updates.
The new settings also allow people to "Follow" users in that age range.
That means that whatever update or photo is added to their site, the "Followers" would be able to see it as well.
There is a financial incentive for Facebook in this change.
Each of their users see advertisements on the site that focus around a person's preferences and personalities.
This change will allow Facebook to attract more business from companies wanting to put ads on their site.
While it may seem like these new changes are creating a window of danger for teens, Facebook makes it very clear that these changes are completely optional.
If there ever is a concern for someone's privacy, all someone would have to do is change their sharing option from "Public" back to the default setting, which only allows them to share with friends.
There was very little warning about these changes; in fact, they are in effect right now.