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Zuckerberg: Teens will see extra reminder before post

Facebook, which has over 30 millions users in Britain, argues it is offering more choice to tech-savvy teenagers.

It also stressed that initial privacy settings for teens under 18 would automatically be programmed so posts are seen only by friends.

"We take the safety of teens very seriously, so they will see an extra reminder before they can share publicly," the company headed by Mark Zukerburg said in its update.

It already announced last week that it is removing privacy setting so that anyone can search for a user's profile.

Charity: Facebook change 'is move in wrong direction'

Children's groups and internet safety experts denounced the move, saying it could leave young people more vulnerable to cyber-bullying.

Anthony Smythe, managing director of BeatBullying, told The Times:

We have concerns that this age group can now share information in the public domain.

Something they think might not be harmful now may come back to haunt them later. This is a move in the wrong direction.

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Facebook to let 13-year-olds make public posts

Previously under-17s did not have the 'Public' option. Credit: Facebook

Facebook is facing a backlash from campaigners after announcing it will allow millions of teenagers to open up their profiles to strangers.

The social networking site announced that users aged from 13 to 17 will now be able to switch their settings to share posts with anyone on the internet, rather than just their "friends" or "friends of friends".

Privacy lawyer: 'this could be the tip of the iceberg'

Privacy lawyer Gerald Shamash has told the Guardian that the allegations a Virgin Atlantic employee passed on information about eight celebrities is "extremely worrying" and "this could be the tip of the iceberg".

Mr Shamash also said advance knowledge of the whereabouts of celebrities was the "bread and butter" of life as a picture agency or tabloid newspaper.

"Once it has these details, the agency does one or two things: it keeps [the information] to sell it or phones a newspaper to say this person has gone to Los Angeles. It's a symbiotic relationship with newspapers."

Jermaine Defoe spokeswoman: 'This is a serious breach of privacy'

Jermaine Defoe is one of eight celebrities who detailed were allegedly passed to a paparazzi agency Credit: REUTERS/Carlos Barria

Reacting to the allegations that an employee at Virgin Atlantic passed the flight details of eight celebrities including the footballer Jermaine Defoe to a paparazzi agency, a spokeswoman for the footballer said:

"This is a serious breach of privacy. We'll be consulting with our lawyers and investigating the matter further."

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Celebrities pictured after alleged flight leaks

Virgin Atlantic sources told The Guardian that four of the eight celebrities whose flight details were allegedly leaked to a paparazzi firm, flew on the dates given by the airline employee.

Sienna Miller pictured during a photocall in Venice in 2005 Credit: Reuters

Ashley Cole and Sienna Miller were pictured in Heathrow and Los Angeles respectively, on the dates allegedly provided. The other four celebrities are believed to have cancelled their flights.

Miller's flight details allegedly among those leaked to paparazzi

Sienna Miller's details were allegedly passed on to a paparazzi firm Credit: REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth

A Virgin Atlantic employee has quit after allegedly passing on eight celebrities details to a global paparazzi firm, according to The Guardian.

Cheryl Cole's details were allegedly passed on to a paparazzi firm Credit: Reuters

The celebrities included actresses Sienna Miller and Gwyneth Paltrow, footballer Ashley Cole and his former wife and singer Cheryl.

Virgin Atlantic 'concerned' over alleged celebrity flight details leak

Virgin Atlantic said they are "deeply concerned" by reports that eight celebrities flight details may have been passed on to a paparazzi agency by a former employee.

The allegations that have been raised are extremely serious and we have launched an immediate investigation.

The security of customer information is our highest priority and we have robust processes in place to ensure that passenger information is protected. The incident that has been alleged concerns eight customers’ flights booked in 2010 and we are in contact with all of those people.

It is too early to draw conclusions on this matter but of course we would deeply regret any concern that these allegations may cause the individuals involved.”

– Virgin Atlantic spokesperson

Johansson's flight details allegedly passed on to paparazzi

Scarlett Johansson's flight details were allegedly passed onto a paparazzi agency Credit: Reuters

A Virgin Atlantic employee has quit after allegedly sending details about at least eight celebrities flight details to paparazzi agency, according to The Guardian.

Robbie Williams' flight details were allegedly passed onto a paparazzi agency Credit: REUTERS/Luke Macgregor

The celebrities included singers Robbie Williams and Nicole Scherzinger, Actress Scarlett Johansson and footballer Jermaine Defoe.

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